PennDOT Crews Ready for Potential Severe Weather; Motorists Advised to be Prepared
CLEARFIELD – PennDOT District 2 is prepared for possible severe weather being forecast for central and northern Pennsylvania, and motorists are advised to plan in advance as well.
Forecasts for next week call for heavy rain, strong winds and snow in some parts of District 2, which includes Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Centre, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Juniata counties. In some areas of the district, 4 to 6 inches of rain is expected Sunday through Tuesday. The northern portions of the district could see some accumulating snow.
Drivers should be ready to encounter a variety of weather conditions, depending upon their planned travel. Travelers should also monitor weather forecasts as conditions can change rapidly.
Even if snow does not fall in much of the region, there is the potential for downed trees and utility lines. Sustained winds of 25-35 miles per hour are forecast Monday afternoon into Tuesday. Gusts in central Pennsylvania could reach 50-60 miles per hour.
Because of the possibility of weather event next week, drivers are reminded to plan ahead for the winter driving season. A winter emergency kit should contain the following:
- Flashlight and batteries
- Battery-operated radio
- Jumper cables
- Cell phone and charger
- Snow shovel
- Matches and candles
- First aid supplies
- Extra warm clothing and gloves
- Ice scraper
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Anything else you may need to accommodate family traveling with you (special medication, baby supplies, pet food, etc.)
For more winter driving tips, visit PennDOT’s “Winter Driving” information center at www.JustDrivePA.com.
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