PennDOT seemed to be caught off-guard last night as a snow squall made many roadways very slippery and accident prone.
The snow began shortly after 6 p.m. and lasted about 45 minutes. By the time it ended, there were numerous accidents, roads closed, and PennDOT crews scrambling to catch up with the mess.
PennDOT had to call its crews out as the snow was falling.
There were accidents on Route 248 near Palmerton, 209 in Franklin Township, 902 in Mahoning Township, Patterson Street in Lansford; to name a few.
In Lansford, a vehicle ran into a building on Patterson Street.
On Route 902 in Mahoning Township, near Strauss Valley Drive, an SUV overturned onto its roof, closing the road for about an hour.
Also on Route 902, in Summit Hill, motorists were unable to navigate the Lansford/Summit Hill hill for about an hour until PennDOT crews arrived. Motorists were lined up for several blocks on the highway. Many parked at Hiles Brothers parking lot to await road crews.
A section of Patterson Street in Lansford was closed for about 45 minutes because of slippery conditions.
Not all the TIMES NEWS area was affected by the snow.
Nesquehoning, Tamaqua, Hauto, Slatington, and Walnutport missed the snow shower that dumped possibly an inch of snow in some areas.
The next chance of snow is tomorrow night, mainly after midnight, when about a half-inch of accumulation is possible.