With winter weather impacting the entire state through Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising drivers to be prepared for snow, ice and rain conditions and to postpone travel if necessary.
“Exactly how much snow or ice any given region will see will vary through the storm, but it’s certain that the forecast could mean potentially hazardous travel through tomorrow,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “We expect that much of the state will see some sort of icing overnight – that, combined with nighttime visibility, means drivers should consider postponing any unnecessary trips.”
PennDOT crews treated roadways through the weekend and could face anything from up to a foot of snow to half an inch of ice with this storm. The department has more than 2,200 trucks, plows and salt spreaders operated by 4,800 department operators statewide who will operate continued shifts through the storm.
With each operator having an average of 40 miles to cover on a plow route, motorists are reminded that roads will not be free of ice and snow during the storm. On interstates and expressways during a low-accumulation storm, it can take two or more hours for a truck to return to the beginning of its route. Since trucks are often moved from other roads to these priority highways, especially with higher accumulations or icy conditions, drivers should expect that lower-traffic roads will see a plow cycle every several hours.
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