PHILADELPHIA — A sprawling storm that delayed or canceled holiday flights, snarled traffic in eastern Pennsylvania and brought heavy snow to parts of the state's western region is winding down.
Just before the Wednesday morning rush hour, a multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer killed one person and shut down the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway in the Philadelphia area while ponding water closed the eastbound lanes for several hours.
"At one point the Schuylkill was closed altogether," PennDOT spokesman Charles Metzger said.
The fatal accident, in which several other people were injured, occurred when a car hit a pool of water and spun out of control, authorities said.
PennDOT crews had opened most lanes in both directions by midafternoon and traffic was returning to normal, Metzger said.
Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says arrival delays of almost two hours were affecting departures, and nearly 60 flights had been canceled.
Meteorologist Elyse Colbert at the National Weather Service in State College said the forecast called for a wintry mix of rain and snow across eastern and central Pennsylvania, while more snow was forecast in the northwest and Laurel Highlands regions. A winter storm warning was posted for Warren and McKean counties until 4 a.m. Thursday, she said.
The weather service issued flood warnings for small streams in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
In western Pennsylvania, 9.5 inches of snow was reported in Mercer County and 7 inches in Lawrence County.