Countians spin their wheels
By Jon Rutter, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Octorara Orphie was looking around the corner Saturday morning for spring.
But the season was still far out of sight at day's end as temperatures in the mid-20s combined with persistent squalls to slicken roads and spur a flurry of accidents around the county.
The steadily falling snow wasn't piling up much –– a coating up to an inch or so was predicted before the clipper moves out today.
But what was there quickly turned to ice under vehicle tires, similiar to conditions in the storm that hit here a week ago.
Emergency crews responded to dozens of accidents and cars struggled for traction as their wheels spun out on hills.
Workers freed one person from a sport-utility vehicle after a two-vehicle crash at 5:31 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Main Street, Caernarvon Township. Three people were taken to hospitals, according to a witness at the scene.
Accident reports continued to pour in, including crashes with entrapment at 8:14 p.m., in Brecknock Township in the area of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and 8:29 p.m., at Marietta Avenue and Raintree Road, West Hempfield Township.
Fortunately, the light, powdery snow was not the kind to force many tree branches down onto wires: a total of seven PPL customers were reported to be without power at 9 p.m.
AccuWeather is predicting a slightly warmer Super Bowl Sunday, with the high reaching 33 degrees, but a frigid low of 17.
An approaching cold front could trigger more snow showers late in the day or in the evening.
Yet another clipper might set off a spasm of light snow Monday evening, according to the Millersville University Weather Center.