Snow covers Blair county

Normally it’s people in Johnstown who are singing snow, snow, go away.

But for this storm at least, it seems weather and road conditions might have been worse on Blair County’s side of the mountain.

A supervisor at the Cambria County Department of Emergency Services, who declined to give her name, said there had only been one reported accident, which occurred in the morning when a tractor-trailer pulled down power lines on Frankstown Road in Croyle Township.

With the winter storm warning expiring several hours ahead of schedule, she said she didn’t expect to get any serious accident reports.

In Blair County, Emergency Services supervisor Tim Crabtree said at least 20 accidents were reported from all over the county, all occurring between 6 and 10 a.m.

A few cars went down embankments, and ambulances were dispatched to all accidents. But no serious injuries were reported, he said.

One incident involved a Burgmeier’s Hauling Inc. truck, which rolled onto its side, causing a road closure from the intersection of North Eighth Street and Burgmeier Drive in Logan Township to the intersection of Route 4018 in Antis Township.

The road reopened shortly before 11 a.m., according to PennDOT.

With the storm over and plows having passed through, Crabtree said ice melt was eating away at the snow and roads were just wet.

“Everything is quiet now,” he said.

PennDOT warned on its Twitter account that a couple of degrees can make a huge difference in road conditions and reminded followers to drive safely.

The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies in the Altoona area today, with a high near 39. There is a 20 percent chance of snow tonight with a low around 26.

Friday highs should be near 40 with a mostly sunny forecast, so much of the heavy, wet snow may melt heading into the weekend.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.