Freezing Rain Ices Up Northeast's Roads

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 13 (UPI) — Freezing rains turned roads in the U.S. Northeast into skating rinks Sunday, producing a mounting toll of accidents, meteorologists said.

Highways from Pennsylvania into New York were coated with ice Sunday and forecasters said the freezing mess was headed up the East Coast into northern New England, reported.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State Police were advising all drivers to stay off the roads until crews were able to treat the highways, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The newspaper said several major roadways were closed and traffic was backed as dozens of wrecks were reported. forecasters said suburban New York City and Philadelphia were also affected by ice Sunday, with portions of Interstate 80 through Warren County, N.Y., covered in ice, causing numerous accidents.

Meanwhile, a blast of frigid Arctic air is expected to send temperatures below zero in the northern tier of the United States, from Montana to Michigan. said morning temps in Montana, North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota will reach minus 15 to 25 in the next few days, while the mercury will also reach sub-zero levels as far south as Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Out West, mud and rock slides trapped an estimated 90 vehicles and forced the evacuation Saturday of more than 40 homes around the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Three consecutive storms have stripped hills damaged by wildfires earlier this year, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Sunday.

As of Saturday afternoon, Pasadena had received 2. 5 inches of rain since Thursday with nearly 4 inches of rain reported in the Angeles National Forest.

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