Slick Roads From Spring Snow Cause Crashes, Messy Commute

March 22, 2019

Drivers this morning faced a messy commute thanks to an early spring snow storm. Lackawanna County and other parts of Northeastern Pennsylvania remain under a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service, which called for inch or two of snow in the low laying land and as much as three to seven inches at higher elevations. A multitude of car crashes, mainly minor, were reported to the county’s 911 center. Those crashes primarily have been “the typical slide off the road type” collision, a dispatch supervisor said. The state Department of Transportation, which still had an active incident command center as of 8:45 a.m., reported many of the roads around Scranton are wet but worse farther north, according to spokesman Mike Taluto. Traffic on area interstates slowed to a crawl in spots. A short stretch of Interstate 81 South near Scott Twp. had stop-and-go traffic at 9 a.m. The wet, heavy snow did not appear to have caused any power outages, according to a map out outages maintained by PPL Electric Utilities Inc. The weather service expects a midday lull with mixed rain and snow and then additional snow showers late this afternoon and tonight. Wind gusts late today could reach 40 mph. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility,” the weather service said. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commutes.” Contact the writer: jkohut@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT on Twitter.