Freezing rain causes several accidents around Pittsburgh area



PITTSBURGH - Several accidents were reported late Wednesday morning and freezing rain was likely to blame.

Severe Weather Team meteorologist Kevin Benson said even though the air temperature at noon was well above freezing, the surface temperature remains cold and rain is freezing on contact.

Rain showers are possible in a few spots through the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 48 degrees with a low of 29.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials issued a travel advisory for the following areas as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday:

Armstrong County

  • No roadways closed.

Butler County

  •  SR 422 West is open between SR 8 and SR 356 after an earier closure due to an overturned tractor trailer.
  • State Route 422 East is open in Summit Township from Heist Road to Carbon Center Road.

Clarion County

  • No roadways closed.

 Indiana County

  • State Route 286 is open in both directions in the area of Bennett Road, Montgomery Township. The road was closed earlier due to a crash with fuel spill. Local roadways are being used for a detour.
  • State Route 210 is open at Rossmoyne Road in South Mahoning Township.

 Jefferson County

  • Interstate 80 East -the left lane restriction has been lifted.  The lane restriction was in place earlier for accident cleanup.  I-80 East is open.


Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel, to use extreme caution, and to be aware of potential icing conditions.

PennDOT crews have been out salting roadways, the cold rain and freezing temperatures has caused icing conditions throughout the five counties.

Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high of 46.