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Wrecks but no serious injuries caused by Franklin snow

January 26, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Police and emergency service personnel reported a few fender-bender accidents on Franklin County roads Wednesday resulting from the Tuesday snow storm that dumped as much as 13 inches on parts of the county, but there were no serious injuries.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's snow removal operations sent 43 snowplows over the county's road network, including nine rigs that were rented from private owners, according to Perry Goetz, equipment manager for PennDOT's county operations.

"Everything went well considering the amount of snow and winds that we had," Goetz said. He praised the snowplowing crews for mostly keeping up with the conditions. Only a few roads in particularly high wind areas were closed temporarily and some roads only had one lane open in the Fayetteville, Pa., area during the height of the storm, he said.

"It didn't raise as much havoc as we thought it would," Goetz said.

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Todd Toth, a Waynesboro area weather observer, recorded as much as 13 inches of snow in some areas. "It was amazing. It was fun and it was nice to watch. It was also nice to have a day off," said Toth, who is a Waynesboro public school teacher. Schools closed early Tuesday and were kept closed Wednesday.

Toth said a new storm system heading east from the Midwest also bears watching. It seems to be headed south of the Tri-State area, more toward the Carolinas, but forecasters expect it to turn north at some point. "The big question is where will it turn north," he said.

Wednesday's high in Waynesboro was 31. The low was 18, Toth said.

The thermometer is expected to show similar temperatures today, he said.

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