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Motorists Warned of Dangerous Road Conditions Because of Heavy Snow, Sleet

National Weather Service's winter storm warning remains in effect. Pittsburgh Airport reports its runways are clear.

Snow, sleet or ice will make travel hazardous or impossible today (Wednesday) as a winter storm warning remains in effect for western Pennsylvania as well as parts of Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, according to the National Weather Service.

In other words, it's a good day to stay inside and roast chestnuts on an open fire, as "The Christmas Song" says.

Reports of icy roads and vehicle accidents were coming across the scanner steadily Wednesday morning.

The storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Pittsburgh International Airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said runways have been cleared of snow at the airport, though dozens of arriving flights have been cancelled. 

"At this point our runways are clear," Jenny said. "But we have had a number of cancellations. We always recommend that people check their flights before coming to the airport." 

Heavy snow—3 to 6 inches from Wheeling, WV, to Pittsburgh to Greensburg and 4 to 8 inches from Zanesville, OH, to Butler to Indiana—is forecast

Sleet and freezing rain may mix in at times, the weather service said.

Farther south, 2 to 4 inches of snow are likely where sleet and freezing rain are more likely to mix in.

Up to one-tenth inch accumulation of ice is possible where freezing rain persists, particularly in the ridges of Fayette and Westmoreland counties, the weather service reports.

Heavy snow is expected through early afternoon; precipitation will taper to very light snow or freezing drizzle this evening, NWS said.

Hazardous travel conditions are expected because of reduced visibility and snow and ice accumulation. Downed trees and power lines are possible where the most freezing rain occurs in the ridges of Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

The National Weather Service warns that visibility could be as low as a quarter mile or less during heavy snow.

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Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I've heard of accidents and disabled vehicles on Route 910, Duncan and Peebles, McKnight ... If you don't have to go out on the roads, PLEASE STAY HOME.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Hearing of problems with vehicles getting up hill on Route 910 near Pearce Mill Road.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
A couple of mailboxes are no longer in an upright position today because of vehicles sliding into them.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
A truck is disabled or stuck at Route 910 and Karrington.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
POSTED ON FACEBOOK from Bakerstown Animal Hospital: WINTER WEATHER CLOSING: With the safety of our staff and clients in mind, Bakerstown Animal Hospital has made the decision to close early today. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. If you are venturing out today please use caution. Stay safe and warm.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Also Posted on Facebook. This is from Jergels: JIMBO & THE SOUPBONES CANCELLED FOR THIS EVENING DUE TO WEATHER!
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Let the community know if your organization or business is closing by posting it here.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Northbound McKnight is being closed in area of Nelson Run because of road conditions. A jack-knifed truck is reported at Route 8 and McCully Road in Hampton Twp.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Route 8 closed near Mount Royal Blvd. in Hampton Twp.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Route 28 likely will be shut down northbound from Harmar. Lot of problems in area around Pittsburgh Mills.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Route 28 between Harmar and Tarentum has been reopened.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
You Rock Fitness in Wexford has canceled classes tonight due to the weather. Be safe out there! - From our Facebook page
Cindy Cusic Micco December 27, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Hearing of accident on Franklin Road at Allegheny-Butler County line. No injuries.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 27, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Just heard about an accident on Route 910 in Richland Township between Allison and Turner roads.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 27, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Another accident reported I-79 southbound near Wexford exit.
Cindy Cusic Micco December 27, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Route 8 accident at Grandview Crossing Drive near GetGo reported.

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