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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The winter storm Wednesday caused snow to fall in Philadelphia and across the entire region. The region will have snow, sleet and rain by the time the day is done. The snow made some travel treacherous, with spin-out accidents being reported across the area.
One accident happened on I-95 North at Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia. An accident has also closed Route 422 eastbound at Trooper Road in Upper Merion.
In Delaware County, 75 accidents were reported.
In Chester County, the snow is sticking to roads and sidewalks as folks dig out. Despite the winter storm, people in West Chester are taking advantage of the day off by going out to eat.
“Just because it’s snowing, everybody loves to walk around in West Chester. I love people watching from the window, I love watching people,” said Lori Mingrino, of Giuseppe Kitchen and Baths.
“The beauty about being here is that it’s walking distance for everybody that lives around here,” said Daniel Merola of Roots Café and Garden.
In North Wales, Montgomery County, heavy snow is falling. At Buckman’s Ski and Snowboard Shop, there has been a steady stream of people coming in for rentals before heading to the mountains to ski, but the hottest seller right now is sleds.
“The snow is a barometer for business, it definitely pumps it up,” said Dave Potts. “People come out, they want to go skiing. It’s exciting.”
In Montgomeryville, super mom Lori Battista did some shopping to prepare for the winter storm. Her kids are excited to play in the snow after a couple of inches accumulate.
“We’ll be playing outside, making some snowmen, later on hopefully,” said Battista. “That’s the plan.”
In Lansdale, dozens of kids off from school came to Whites Road Park, doing everything from snowball fights, to racing down a big hill. School work is the last thing on their minds as today is all about fun.
“Probably sledding and being with friends,” one kid said.
Snow plows were out in full force, making roads mostly clear for drivers.