Road crews keep pace with Mother Nature

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The region's road crews kept pace with Mother Nature Friday night and early today, clearing potential hazards for motorists.

Around two inches of snow fell in the Pittsburgh area, the National Weather Service said. Meteorologist John Darnley predicted with temperatures in the low 30s, the snow would stick around for much of today.

Emergency dispatchers and police in Allegheny County reported this morning that no significant mishaps had occurred overnight.

"We're all clear. Nothing on the (emergency dispatch) board. The road crews did what they do and got things cleared up pretty good," said an Allegheny County emergency dispatch supervisor early today.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police at Findlay, which patrols highways in Allegheny County, echoed the remarks. "We've done very well. Nothing bad to report," she said.

State police reported two car accidents in Indiana and Beaver counties and attributed them to snow-covered roads. There were no injuries.

Pat Herald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Pittsburgh, said yesterday's wintry mix of rain and sleet gave way to snow - all in all about 2 to 3 inches throughout the region. It was exactly what was expected, Mr. Herald said.

The snow stopped at about 10:30 p.m. and things have been dry since.

Mr. Herald expects it to remain that way until another weather system moves through the region Sunday. It will begin with a light snow around noon followed by a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain by afternoon.


Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180. Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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