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December 10, 2013

Pennsylvania braces for another blast of snow

PHILADELPHIA — Public schools in Philadelphia and many of its suburbs closed Tuesday as much of Pennsylvania prepared for another blast of snow.

Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches were expected as the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard, including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del.

The new snow would come on the heels of Sunday’s wintry weather, which dumped several inches of snow on Philadelphia – though most of those flakes melted in rain on Monday.

Areas of central Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, were expected to get 1 to 3 inches on Tuesday.

Steady snow began falling in much of southwestern Pennsylvania after 4 a.m., causing scores of school delays and increasing reports of traffic accidents.

The most serious appeared to be a crash involving two tractor-trailers that closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near Smithton and a multi-vehicle crash on Route 228 in Seven Fields, Butler County.

Up to 3 inches of snow were forecast for much of the greater Pittsburgh area, with more in higher elevations east and southeast of the city.

The timing of the snow – which was affecting the morning rush hour – appeared to be as much of a problem as the actual amount falling.

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