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Snow causes nightmare commute for drivers across Philadelphia region

November 15, 2018 - 4:21 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Thursday's snow took many people by surprise, and the afternoon commute was a mess for a lot of drivers. The first storm of the season caused a traffic nightmare on most roadways, leaving many vehicles on the roads slipping, sliding or stranded.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says there were hundreds of members in Philadelphia's five-county area who called for roadside assistance due to the weather. More than 25 percent of them because of battery issues.
Jana Tidwell -- is a spokeswoman for the motor club.

"Get your cars road ready for winter, have your batteries checked, have your tires checked," said spokeswoman Jana Tidwell. "This extreme cold will have an effect on your tires, too, losing as much as 10 PSIs, which effects the traction on the roadways out there."

Tidwell urges drivers to slow down during a wintry mix and to leave at least three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you.

READ: Philly region copes with first snowfall of the season

With roads very tricky to navigate, drivers were also warned to expect an extra long commute.

It took Kevin McFarlane from Roxborough two-and-a-half hours to get home from work.

"My normal commute home is about 12 minutes, and that's with traffic," he said. "It's been a nightmare out here today."

McFarlane got out of his Jeep a few times to help push other cars.

"My wife told me to pack my goulashes, but, of course, I just went out in my regular work shoes," he said. "It's a little slippery out there trying to push a car with Oxfords on."

He says he had no idea it would be this bad.


KYW Newsradio's John McDeviit and Mike Dougherty contributed to this report.

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