Overnight snow causes handful of crashes but authorities report quiet morning amidst calm weather outlook

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A light blanket of snow coupled with below-freezing temperatures made local highways tough to navigate late Saturday and early today.

"We had several accidents," reported a supervisor with the Allegheny County emergency dispatch center. None resulted in fatalities. The supervisor said the situation had resolved by sunrise.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania state police at Findlay, which patrols the interstate highways in Allegheny County, concurred. "So far, so good. Fairly quiet," he said of today's road conditions.

Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Pittsburgh, said an average of about 1.5 inches of snow fell throughout the metropolitan region overnight and in the wee hours of morning. As of about dawn, the deepest snowfall was reported from Acmetonia, located near Natrona: 3 inches.

Today's weather conditions will be fairly normal with snow showers in the morning, followed by a dusting, Mr. Hendricks said. The high will be in the lower 30s with a low for the day hovering in the lower 20s.

As for the coming week, he said weather-watchers should expect to see an occasional inch or so mixed with a dusting here and there. "It won't amount to much. We'll be nickled and dimed to death," he said.

Meantime, temperatures will be dropping to below normal levels on Monday and Tuesday. The mercury will dip to zero on Tuesday night, Mr. Hendricks said. "When you add in the wind chill, though, we'll feel like it's 10 below. Here we go again!"



Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180.

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