While Groundhog Day was last week, it appears that Central New York is mired in a case of the same. No, people are not depending on the proximity of spring based on seeing their shadows. Rather, they seem to be stuck in the same day, just like Bill Murray was in his hit movie. The snow and ice storms that battered the region last weekend was apparently the culprit in another massive pileup.
According to a recent ABC News.com report, more than 30 cars and four semi-trucks were involved in a chain reaction crash on I-81 near Syracuse. While the crash is still under investigation, it is believed that the weather was a factor. As such, it is unknown at this time whether snow or ice caused the roads to become treacherous or whether it was driver error that led to car after car crashing into one another.
A number of pictures and videos of the accident scene made its way to the Internet, with people indicating how they felt and expressing thanks for first responders. Miraculously, no one was seriously injured.
The "Groundhog Day" scenario is poised to continue on Monday morning, as yet another winter storm is bearing down on the region. It is expected that 12 to 18 inches of snow will fall between Monday and Tuesday morning. Indeed, challenging road conditions call for drivers to reduce their speed and be increasingly vigilant. If they are not, it is possible that another pileup may occur.
We hope that it does not.