Two major, multi-vehicle crashes occurred on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Flurries and heavier snow squalls were moving through western and central Pennsylvania during and prior to the time of the crashes.
Traffic was halted due to a multi-vehicle crash on I-80 in Clinton County, Pa., at around 4:30 p.m.
The pileup involved more than two dozen vehicles, Pennsylvania State Police told WNEP-TV.
A short time prior to the crash, the visibility at Lycoming County Airport, Pa., was reduced to 1/4 mile in heavy snow. However, the airport is miles away from the incident scene.
"Snow squalls have been pretty blinding across that area today and this evening," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Michael Pigott on Monday.
No serious injuries have been reported. Thirteen vehicles were involved in the initial crash with a few additional mishaps a short time later.
The major highway was closed for a time between mile markers 188 and 194, near Jersey Shore, Pa.
Additionally, cars piled up in a separate crash around 3:00 p.m. Monday on I-80 in Jefferson County, Pa. Reports indicated that at least 20 vehicles were involved in the crash.
The crash occurred between mile markers 90 and 91 which is near Falls Creek, Pa.
There were no fatalities in the crash, but over a dozen people were taken to area hospitals. Several people had to be freed from the wreckage by emergency personnel.
Earlier Monday, a 30-vehicle pileup occurred south of Cincinnati, Ohio. Flurries and snow squalls were also in the vicinity.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.
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