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Parkway West reopens after overnight snow causes accidents |

Parkway West reopens after overnight snow causes accidents

| Monday, February 16, 2009 12:00 p.m

A half-inch of snow prompted state police to shut the outbound lanes of the Parkway West for two hours overnight.

The snow caused slick road conditions and several accidents, although there were no major injuries, state police said.

Authorities closed the road about 3 a.m. between the Green Tree and Carnegie exits.

PennDOT crews salted the road, and by the morning rush hour there were no problems, said PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi.

“We can put out a warning for 6 inches and there are no problems, everybody slows down,” said John Darnley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon. “But when you get a small amount of snow, people think the roads are fine. A little bit of snow on the ground can actually be worse than if we had 4 to 6 inches.”

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