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Drivers encounter snowy Sunday

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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The snow made for a slow go and dozens of accidents Sunday across the Midstate.

"Tonight the roads are bad. I had to run some errands. I had to pick up my son from basketball in Harrisburg and I had a rough time. And my car's pretty good in snow," said Renee Bailey.

Case in point; 1-81 near exit 29 in Shippensburg. Two accidents happened almost simultaneously. One was in the northbound lane, one in the southbound lane. State police were tight-lipped about details. Troopers said three tractor trailers jack-knifed and several other cars ended up in the median.

"Well the roads got slippery pretty quickly and obviously there's already snow and ice on the ground. The roads have been in pretty decent shape but with the temps below freezing, any kind of precipitation on the road is gonna cause the roads to get icy right away," said Fritzi Schreffler, a PennDOT spokesperson.

The scene along I-81 was common across the Midstate Sunday. PennDOT crews worked hard overnight to make sure the roads were clear for the Monday morning commute.

"I cannot imagine there's gonna be major issues for the morning commute...it's getting a lot lighter now. It's really moving its way out of our area. Our crews will be working all night so I would hope that at least our roads are in pretty decent shape," Schreffler said.

But that did not ease the winter blues for some Midstaters.

"I just want spring! I'm so tired of all the snow and I'm so tired of the ice. And I'm so tired of it being so cold. I just want Mother Nature to go ahead and bring spring and summer around," said Bailey.

"Everybody thinks this is such a bad winter and they're so tired of it. But we've had relatively light winters the past couple of years so we've been kind of spoiled. It's really quite normal this year for the amount of snow we're supposed to get in this region," said Schreffler.

Some Midstaters hoped for even more snow.

"Well snow is peaceful to me and I love it and I don't mind driving in it. I wish we'd have a real big snow storm before spring comes but we'll see," said Tammy Kreiser.

Schreffler said in years past, PennDOT has had plows on the roads up until April.

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