Woman found dead in frigid Philadelphia home

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 9, 2015 9:28 AM
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(Undated) -- The cold snap enveloping the state may have contributed to the death of a woman in Philadelphia, and continues to delay classes across western Pennsylvania.

Police in Philadelphia say they found a 64-year-old woman dead Thursday in a home where the indoor temperature was 10 degrees. The cause of death is pending. 

In western Pennsylvania, more than 300 schools or districts delayed classes Friday as temperatures hovered around 20 degrees in Pittsburgh.

Parts of Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania were closed by a series of snow-related crashes. 

The same interstate was the scene of an 18-vehicle pileup that killed two motorists Wednesday afternoon when snow squalls created whiteout conditions. 

This morning, PennDOT says the eastbound lanes were closed from the Ohio border to the New Castle exit about four miles into Pennsylvania.

The westbound lanes were closed because of crashes on five-mile stretch between the Franklin exit at mile marker 29 to the Sandy Lake exit at mile marker 24. 

Both sides of the highway were expected to reopen by late morning.

Temperatures across central Pennsylvania are expected to remain below freezing for the first half of the weekend. Wind chill values could be as low as one degree today.

Sunday is expected to be considerably warmer across the state.

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