Residents Urged to Slow Down as Winter Weather Hits

HARRISBURG – Much of Pennsylvania is being reminded today that winter is not over, and PennDOT is urging motorists to drive with caution as road and weather conditions are predicted to deteriorate overnight.

While snowfall is extremely heavy in some areas of the state and roads are slippery, motorists are not reducing speeds to allow for the adverse conditions.

“I’m urging motorists to slow down and allow an extra cushion of safety between vehicles,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “PennDOT trucks have been plowing and treating roads since early this morning, but conditions tonight could worsen and forecasts call for the snow to turn to sleet and freezing rain.”

Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel. If travel is necessary, motorists should pack an emergency travel kit and monitor weather forecasts.
Some of the basic items that should be included in an emergency travel kit include first aid supplies, non-perishable food, water, warm clothes, a blanket and a small snow shovel.

PennDOT also encourages motorists to visit its travel information page; click on traveler information. The Web site offers a variety of useful tools, such as current weather-related travel conditions and closures on Pennsylvania interstates. It also provides links to PennDOT traffic cameras, roadway weather information systems and real-time weather conditions.

Visitors to the page can also view and download a winter driving guide with recommendations on how to be prepared for winter driving.

For interstate road conditions, motorists can also call PennDOT’s Interstate Road Condition Hotline at 1-888-783-6783 for in-state callers or
717-783-5186 for out-of-state callers. Information on the hotline is updated every 15 minutes for all Pennsylvania interstates.

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