A long period of freezing rain that missed most of the Oil Region early Wednesday morning has caused problems in Forest, Clarion and Jefferson Counties.
The weather forced the closings of schools in the Forest Area, Clarion-Limestone and Brookville school districts. Two-hour delays were announced for many other Clarion County schools.
Parts of State Route 66 from northern Clarion County into Forest County, and a section of State Route 36 stretching through Cook Forest State Park were closed to traffic Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, traffic was snarled during morning rush hour on Route 322 west of Clarion as icy conditions prevented motorists from maneuvering hills in the Marianne area.
The biggest traffic story came from Clearfield County, where some fifty vehicles were said to have been involved in a chain-reaction pile-up on the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 Wednesday morning. Portions of the highway were cleared by early afternoon. A stretch between Woodland and Philipsburg was not expected to reopen until about 10:00 PM.
The return of sunshine and projected high temperatures in the lower 40′s should alleviate the problems as the day goes on.