2013-12-12 / Local & State

Crashes Clog Pa. Turnpike As Snow Spreads

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A large winter storm brought heavy snow to parts of Pennsylvania on Sunday, wreaking havoc on the turnpike and covering the fields of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles in white.

The National Weather Service placed Philadelphia and extreme southeastern Pennsylvania under a winter storm warning, saying the region could get 3 to 6 inches of snow.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike reported multiple crashes in south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania, with some of the accidents blocking traffic entirely.

The snow fell so heavily in Philadelphia that yard markers at Lincoln Financial Field were completely obscured. It was almost as bad in Pittsburgh, where the snow intensified after opening kickoff. Workers in both stadiums used hand-held snow blowers, to little effect.

Other parts of the state were expected to get 1 to 3 inches before a changeover to sleet and freezing rain later Sunday into Monday morning. Ice accumulations could range from a trace to up to two-tenths of an inch.

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