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A car sits with its front end smashed in after a collision at North Fourth and Arch streets, Sunbury, on Thursday.

SUNBURY -- An extended period of lake-effect snow squalls blew through the Valley on Thursday, causing minor traffic congestion and numerous auto accidents.

"There was a single band of slow-moving snow showers that came off the Great Lakes and moved through central Pennsylvania, and that left a coating of snow and patches of ice on the ground," said Josh Newhard, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, State College.

It was tough driving, with a number of slick spots remaining on the roads all day, he said. The bands of snow shifted away to the south by 6 p.m., however.

Today's weather won't be much better, Newhard said. Expect snow showers and cold winds with temperatures between 27 degrees in the morning and a high of 34 in the afternoon. Roads will have patches of ice, "so give yourself sufficient travel time, drive carefully and watch for slick spots," he said.

Saturday will be even colder, about 30 degrees, Newhard said.

Emergency services dispatchers in Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties reported no serious accidents on Thursday. By 7 p.m., motorists seemed to be staying off the roads, a Snyder County dispatcher said.

During the morning in Jackson Township, Snyder County, a 1999 Ford Explorer, driven by Mary Jones, of Mifflinburg, rolled onto its roof on Route 204, after police said she lost control on the ice-covered road.

At least five other accidents, all related to icy roads, were reported in Northumberland County. At 7:49 a.m., a Toyota Tacoma, driven by Michael Johnston, of Elysburg, slid into the concrete barrier on the Veterans Memorial Bridge at Sunbury. Later, a 2005 Kia Sorento rolled onto its side on Route 147, about one-tenth of a mile south of Sunbury, as the driver, Corinne Balavage, of Trevorton, tried to negotiate a sharp curve.

At 4:30 p.m., Vicki Beaver, of Northumberland, was driving north on Route 4009 in her Toyota sedan when she lost control on the icy road and slid into a tree. At 5:30 p.m., Lorraine D. Welker, of Sunbury, lost control of her 1993 Ford on Route 147 and rammed a utility pole. Two hours later, Michael Herrick, of Sunbury, hit a tree after his 2005 Kia Sorento slid off Cider Press Road, half a mile south of Route 890.

Seven snow-related accidents were reported in the Danville area, including one on the Danville-Riverside bridge. An Interstate 80 accident appeared not to have been weather-related but due to a tire blowing out, according to a spokesman for Montour County Emergency Services.

One vehicle was reported to have rolled on its side and others rolled over in the accidents. No serious injuries were reported.

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