POTTSTOWN PA – Although forecasters at AccuWeather helpfully announced this morning (Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011) that “the risk of weather-related migraines is low” across Limerick  and Lower Pottsgrove (PA) townships and the borough of Pottstown, what they didn’t address were other pounding headaches endured by motorists Tuesday night (Jan. 11) as up to 8 inches of snow fell on parts of the area.

This was “a nice, moderate, middle-of-the road storm,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick O’Hara told the Associated Press. Although two storms — one from the south and one from the east – converged to create the latest weather nuisance, “nobody is going to be stuck in their homes for days and days,” O’Hara said.

Maybe so, but some of those caught outside seemed to be having a less-than-pleasant time of it.

Montgomery County emergency services dispatchers between 5:41 p.m. Tuesday and 2:03 a.m Wednesday sent police and first responder teams on 24 separate calls to deal with hazardous road conditions and many accidents at intersections in Lower and Upper Pottsgrove, Limerick and Royersford, Pottstown, Gilbertsville, Collegeville and Lower Providence, Douglassville, North Coventry, New Hanover and Green Lane. A list of their dispatches appears below.

As of 4:30 a.m. today, there was no snow in sight locally.

By 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the snow has already cleared out of southeastern Pennsylvania, as shown by an AccuWeather map (above.) Along U.S. Route 422 from Pottstown to King of Prussia, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, salt trucks and plows had done their jobs; the road was deemed by its 511pa.com traffic advisory website as merely “clear and wet,” allowing traffic to move at speeds of up to 50 mph.

The snow may be gone, but nightly cold temperatures due to icy winds are expected to continue through Friday. Until then, the county has extended its Code Blue declaration, made when temperatures drop to below 20 degrees and pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter.

County dispatchers surely hope the remainder of the week will be less frenetic than Tuesday. Here’s their list of local calls issued during the storm, displayed in descending order with the most recent first:

  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    New Hanover Square Rd & Swamp Pike; New Hanover; 2011-01-12 @ 02:03:23;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 Byp Wb & Ramp Evergreen Rd To Rt422 Wb; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 23:40:35;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    W High St & Berks St; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 23:39:52;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    W High St; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 23:39:43;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Sb & W Moyer Rd; Upper Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 23:13:52;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    W Schuylkill Rd & River Bridge Rd; Berks County; 2011-01-11 @ 22:50:48;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    S Township Line Rd & Linfield Trappe Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 22:47:32;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident’
    W Schuylkill Rd & Catfish Ln; Chester County; 2011-01-11 @ 22:44:28;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Gravel Pike & Meadow Aly; Green Lane; 2011-01-11 @ 22:35:38;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Nb & Jackson Rd; Douglass; 2011-01-11 @ 21:56:59;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:52:45;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:56:51;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Injuries
    Rt422 & S Trooper Rd Overpass; Lower Providence; 2011-01-11 @ 21:54:24;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Kepler Rd & Potter Dr; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 21:52:10;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & Airport Rd Overpass; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 21:41:31;
  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    Rt422 Byp & Evergreen Rd Overpass; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 21:05:28;
  • Traffic: Disabled Vehicle
    Rt422 Byp & S Sanatoga Rd Underpass; Lower Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 20:49:37;
  • Ems: Vehicle Accident
    Rt422 & Ramp Rt422 Wb To Evergreen Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:40:18;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Main St & S 3rd Ave; Royersford; 2011-01-11 @ 19:30:19;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident Rescue
    Rt422 & Ramp Rt422 Wb To Evergreen Rd; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:26:33;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Ridge Pike & Lakeside Dr; Limerick; 2011-01-11 @ 19:26:06;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Main St & Clamer Ave; Collegeville; 2011-01-11 @ 19:12:08;
  • Traffic: Hazardous Road Conditions
    Heather Pl & N State St; Upper Pottsgrove; 2011-01-11 @ 18:57:29;
  • Traffic: Vehicle Accident
    Rt100 Nb & Shoemaker Rd; Pottstown; 2011-01-11 @ 17:41:15
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