Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Accident load heavy as a light snow falls
BY DAN NEPHIN, Staff Writer
A light blanketing of snow Friday afternoon into the evening turned roads slick, resulting in numerous crashes across Lancaster County.
The crashes appeared to involve single vehicles, and most resulted in no injuries, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
Between about 2:30 and 7 p.m., more than 30 crashes occurred in at least 18 municipalities.
Four people were hospitalized in two separate crashes, according to police.
Two were taken to a hospital after a Penn Township crash about 4:35 p.m. near Newport and West Newport roads.
Two others were taken to Lancaster General Hospital after a Rapho Township crash about 4:40 p.m. at South Esbenshade Road and Old Harrisburg Pike.
Further information about the two crashes and the victims' injuries wasn't immediately available from police.
Among the other crashes, one involved a sport utility vehicle that overturned about 3 p.m. on Quarry Road near Forest Hill Road in Upper Leacock Township.
The weather also prompted PennDOT to temporarily reduce the speed limits on some Pennsylvania roads, including Route 283 in Lancaster County. The limit was lowered to 45 mph from 55-65 mph.
Between 1 and 3 inches of snow fell throughout the county, starting in the afternoon and ending about 7 p.m.
The weekend is expected to be snow-free, according to Eric Horst, Millersville University meteorologist.
Today will bring a high temperature in the mid-20s with a wind-chill making it feel like the teens.
Sunday will be a bit warmer with highs right around 30 degrees expected.
A warmer front will move in for Monday, and a light snow or wintry mix is possible for the morning rush hour, Horst said.
Tuesday is expected to bring warmer weather, with temperatures close to 50, according to AccuWeather.
Colder air is expected to return later in the week.