2008-10-30 / Local & State

Snow Closes Schools, Knocks Out Power In Pa.

(AP) - Winter made an early debut in northeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a storm blanketed parts of the region with several inches of snow, closing schools and causing power outages and road closures.

Higher elevations of the Poconos received up to 8 inches of wet snow by Tuesday morning, causing downed trees and power lines, the National Weather Service said. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph were expected Tuesday afternoon.

Snow also popped up in the Philadelphia suburbs. The Philadelphia Park horse-racing track in Bensalem reported light snow, 40-degree temperatures and a sloppy track Tuesday afternoon.

The storm caused numerous traffic accidents. Stretches of Interstate 80 closed, then re-opened, then closed again due to crashes. Interstate 84 at the New York-Pennsylvania line also closed for a spell.

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