• Minor crashes across area after snow fell across region


    PITTSBURGH - Steady snowfall is accumulating across Western Pennsylvania, including up to five inches in the ridges east of Pittsburgh. Severe Weather Team 11 is tracking the impact of the snow on roads and communities below:

    11:45 P.M. UPDATE: A crash on Maytide Street in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood led to police shutting down the westbound, downhill lane of the street, according to emergency dispatchers.

    9:30 P.M. UPDATE: Two vehicles were involved in the Somerset Township crash, according to PennDOT, including a tractor-trailer.

    A car with three adult passengers and an infant was driving ahead of the semi when the car's driver lost control and the vehicle bounced off the center wall back into the path of the semi.

    The semi struck the car, carrying both to the right and through a guardrail, PennDOT said. Both vehicles ended up at the bottom of an embankment, with the semi on its passenger side.

    Two adults had to be extricated from the car by emergency personnel, PennDOT said, while the third adult and infant were able to exit on their own. All four were taken to Washington Hospital for minor injuries.

    The semi driver was not injured and able to get out of his vehicle without assistance.

    Both vehicles were left in place until weather conditions improved enough to remove them.

    8:50 P.M. UPDATE: Crews continue to treat roads in the area as snow accumulates.

    7:07 P.M. UPDATE: The crash on Interstate 70 has been cleared, according to PennDOT.

    6:50 P.M. UPDATE: Roads across Western Pennsylvania are becoming slippery, with another crash reported on Siebert Road in Ross Township.

    5:50 P.M. UPDATE: One westbound lane of Interstate 70 is closed in Washington County after a car with a child aboard crashed through a guardrail and down a hillside.

    Injuries were reported in the crash that occurred at mile marker 27 in Somerset Township around 5:12 p.m., according to emergency dispatchers, but no one has been transported from the scene.

    Roads slickened by snowfall contributed to the crash, dispatchers said.

    Dust off the broom and the snow shovel -- Severe Weather Team 11 is tracking snow for the weekend.

    A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties starting at noon on Saturday.

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    Snow will move into the area after lunch Saturday, and continue for some locations off and on through Sunday. The exact track and timing of the storm is still coming into focus, so check back often for changes and updates. 

    Right now, our team of meteorologists expects snow to develop early Saturday afternoon south of Pittsburgh, then move north through the evening. 

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    Light to moderate snow will fall at times, and steady snow could make it difficult to keep roads snow-free. Temperatures will fall into the 20s by Saturday night, so icy spots and slow travel will be likely.

    You may need a a snow shovel to clear your sidewalk or driveway around Pittsburgh, where snow totals will range from around an inch to as much as 2-3 inches.

    A broom should do the trick north of Pittsburgh, where an inch or less is expected, but you'll need the shovel or snow blower south of Interstate, 70, where as much as 3-5 inches could fall.

    The area will be pretty much snow-free by 2 or 3 a.m. Sunday.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told Channel 11 News it is ready to go, supplies are good, and its drivers are prepped and ready and have actually been waiting to get out there.

    Watch Channel 11 News for the latest and check back often for updates. 


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