Traffic light outage, snow create chaos in Center City

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- It could not have come at a worse time when a number of traffic lights north of City Hall went down right before the Friday night rush hour, and right in the middle of a snow storm.

The electrical problems caused gridlock on the Ben Franklin Parkway, with lights out at 15th, 16th and Arch, 15th, 16th, 17th and JFK and all of Logan Circle.

But this was on top of the mess created by the messy snow storm that hit the tri-state area, causing all sorts of traffic problems.

"Traffic to Olney was ridiculous, yeah really ridiculous. My bus took about, usually it's like five minutes, but it took about 15-20 minutes," said Zita Castillo of Olney.

Now, with the storm long gone, the traffic lights are all back in working order.
On the Pennsylvania highways, visibility dropped to poor and snow was no longer just accumulating on the ground but road surfaces as well.

Action News reporter John Rawlins shows you the conditions around Pennsylvania suburbs.

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Pa. drivers brave snowy commute. John Rawlins reports during Action News at 4pm on December 15, 2017.

Meanwhile, Action News reporter Jeff Chirico was checking on conditions in New Jersey.

We found some people who left work early but still got tied up in slow-moving traffic.

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Snowy evening commute in New Jersey. Jeff Chirico reports during Action News at 4:30pm on December 15, 2017.


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