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Storm brings snowy, icy conditions to Pa., NJ

Sunday, December 08, 2013

A wintry mix brought snowy and icy conditions across the region, causing traffic and travel troubles for area drivers.

Moving into the evening hours there were fewer vehicles on the roadway.

PennDOT officials say that's a good thing as they continue to work to clear the roads.

More than 400 PennDOT trucks were lined up and on the move plowing and salting major highways from the Pa. Turnpike to I-76 on Sunday night.

"They're not too bad. There was an accident right up the street here but they were pretty rough earlier today," said Matt Spero, Cabrini College student.

"I didn't think we were getting that much. It was only supposed to be an inch and we end up getting this," said Chris Dellapietra, Norristown.

PennDOT says it moved quickly to treat roads layered with ice and officials say the work done overnight helped.

"We do have to keep a quarter inch of slush on the roadway. This is a strategic operation that we utilize because it keeps the salt down on the road, it keeps the traction going and that's how you really guard against any icy spots," said Nick Martino, PennDOT.

As the snow turned into sleet and rain, the focus turned to the morning commute.

"Our operators have been out there and will continue out there. They have to keep moving the salt, keep the salt down, keep it wet, keep the slush down and that will really help traffic moving in the morning rush hour," said Martino.

A Mount Airy family says they were in need of a hot chocolate break after dealing with Sunday's treacherous conditions.

From Mt. Airy to King of Prussia, how long did it take them?

"Almost two hours, it was not a happy experience," said Andreah Sanders-Richardson.

Work will continue throughout the night and PennDOT urges drivers to keep a safe distance from their trucks and other vehicles.

Meanwhile over in Moorestown, New Jersey, home of the iconic flexible flyer, sleds flew down Stokes Hill.

This part of Burlington County had plenty of snow to play with. It was the silver lining of a day that caught South Jersey off guard.

"Nobody expected this we got whooped we got a whooping today," said Rhonda Vallone, Blackwood.

Some parts like Blackwood in Camden County saw up to ten inches.

"I can't believe this, this is crazy, I thought it was going to be a little coating if that," said Stefanie Rice, Deptford.

In Deptford, 3-year-old Evan was in heaven.

However others saw the snow as an opportunity to cash in.

"They said we would get one inch of snow and we got eight. I figured I'd wait a little bit then come out and try and make some money," said Kevin Short.

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