SNOWone On the Roads
UPDATE, 3 P.M. >> Though road conditions have kept travelers to a minimum, there have been several reports of minor traffic accidents around the county. This includes one incident near George Street in Pottsville. A vehicle slid on the road, hit two parked cars and a house. No injuries were reported and paramedics were waived off the scene by responding fire crews.
Earlier today, on Interstate 81, near mile marker 118, a vehicle reportedly careened into a ditch.
Schuylkill County remains in a Winter Storm Warning through 9 p.m. Tuesday.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, sleet and freezing rain continue to belt the area, creating a slippy glaze over the 2-4 inches of snowfall reported around the county overnight. That clicking sound you hear from the couch against the windows isn’t someone tick-tacking you, it’s the sleet.
And it’s creating a calming scene on the roads.
The frozen precip has made driving conditions rather brutal. An afternoon check of highway cams in and around the area prove that out.
There’s no one out there!
Check out the scene on Interstate 81 as this so-called Winter Storm Maya makes an impact on Schuylkill County.
Here’s what it looked like on Exit 107 (Route 209) near Tremont:
And just up the line a bit was this view of the highway at Exit 119 (Highridge Industrial Park) near Gordon:
In Frackville by the former Schuylkill Mall (Exit 124-PA 61), just two brave souls heading north:
So are we, to take a look at this view near West Hazleton (Exit 145-PA 93):
Not more than a single lane open on either of them and not much traffic, either. Of course, PennDOT has travel restrictions against commercial vehicles on I-81 right now, so these scenes are mostly expected.
But there are no reports of any major incidents on any roadways across the coal region today. Just one lone incident way up in Elysburg.
It seems most people are getting the message to stay home until at least the ticking (sleet) stops. Check out this map provided by 511pa.com: