Snow causes accidents, school cancellations

One person was taken to the hospital during the Tuesday morning rush hour after a one-vehicle collision on Route 100 north in North Coventry. North Coventry police along with Goodwill ambulance and Norco Fire Company responded during the heavy snowfall Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Photo by John Strickler/The Mercury)

An Atlantic Clipper snowstorm traveling across the East Coast Tuesday could drop up to 9 inches of snow in some areas, causing some schools to close and others to institute early dismissal.

Boyertown, Daniel Boone, Owen J. Roberts and the Spring-Ford School District all cancelled classes and all afterschool activities.

Pottstown, Phoenixville, Upper Perkiomen, and the Pottsgrove school districts were all dismissing students early as the snowstorm was expected to worsen in the afternoon.

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Collegeville, East Greenville, Spring City Borough, Lower Pottsgrove, and Upper Pottsgrove townships declared snow emergencies Tuesday morning. The snow emergency in Spring City was declared for 9 a.m. and will be in place until noon Wednesday.

According to a press release from the borough, “All vehicles on snow emergency routes will need to be moved immediately. Tickets and towing will follow those who opt not to move vehicles from the snow emergency route.”

The following roads must stay clear during the snow emergency in Spring City: east side of Main Street from Borough Line Road to Bridge Street; Broad Street from Church Street to Borough Line; the north side of Hall Street from Main to Church streets; the north side of Chestnut and Walnut streets; and Pikeland and Yost avenues from Main to Wall streets; the south side of Poplar street from Main to Cedar street and the north side of Washington Street from S and K streets to Wall street.

The snow began falling quickly shortly before 8 a.m. and many roads soone became slick. An accident was reported on Route 422 eastbound just before 9 a.m. in Lower Pottsgrove.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued a speed restriction for Route 422, Interstate 76 and the Blue Route. Vehicles traveling in both directions should follow at 45 mph speed limit.

Speed limits have also been reduced to 45 mph on portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to a winter storm. The Turnpike says the reduced speed limit is in effect between the Blue Mountain and Morgantown exits, and drivers are urged to reduce speeds along the rest of the turnpike.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday saying up to 10-12 inches of snow could fall on some areas. The NWS also issued a wind chill advisory for the area from 1 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday as temperatures were expected to plummet and could feel between 10 and 15 degrees below zero.

Route 422 was riddled with crashes Tuesday morning as communters tried to get around.

Reports of a crash involving a tractor-trailer closed Route 422 westbound at Evergreen Road. Check back for more details.

Nearly 2,200 flights were canceled and thousands more delayed due to the storm, the Associated Press reported.

Flight-tracking site Flightaware.com reports that airports from Washington to Boston have been impacted Tuesday. An additional 450 flights for Wednesday are already canceled.

Philadelphia International Airport advised that the snow will affect flights Tuesday. In a press release posted on its website, the airport said, “The Airport advises anyone with plans to fly today to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport. Anyone who is planning to come to the airport to meet anyone arriving on an in-bound flight is also advised to check the flight status before coming to PHL. Flight status can be obtained directly from the airline by calling the airport’s toll-free flight information line, 1-800-PHL-GATE 800-745-4283, or by checking phl.org.”

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