Morning snowfall impacts drivers in Butler County

Winter weather passed through the Pittsburgh area Wednesday morning, including parts of Butler County. PennDOT reduced the speed limit on parts of Interstate 79 to 45 miles per hour and required commercial trucks to stay in the right lane -- due to slick roads and changing conditions.

For Bryan Scott of Butler, it was a morning commute that went downhill fast

“Everything just came to a standstill,” Scott said. “I saw the local snow plow going down, and he starting going sideways.”

Scott eventually made his way to the I-79 Park and Ride from Lindsay Road, but plenty of drivers struggled to stay in their lanes.

“I don’t know if it was just solid ice or people were afraid to try the hills, but everything got backed up in both directions,” Scott said.

Miles away in Center Township, these are the days Joe Gargiulo lives for. His company, Gargiulo Landscape, trades in their lawnmowers for snow plows this time of year, treating parking lots for as long as it takes.

“We’re out here. We’re your snow fighters. This is our occupation,” Gargiulo said. “We want to make sure that everybody is safe in these conditions. They can go out and get what they need from their local stores and stuff like that.”

The DMW is reminding everyone to drive below the speed limit in less-than-ideal conditions, especially when the roads are covered or slippery.

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