PennDOT warns against travel on I-81 during storm

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 26, 2014 10:59 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is urging holiday drivers to avoid Interstate 81 as a storm that's bringing up to a foot of heavy, wet snow descends on the region.

PennDOT press secretary Rich Kirkpatrick says anyone considering driving long distances on the highway should try to postpone their travel.

I-81 always carries a heavy volume of trucks, and it's a major national artery for holiday travelers.

PennDOT has also reduced the speed limit to 45 miles per hour on I-81, south of Exit 188 (Throop/ Dunmore).

Kirkpatrick says drivers should at least have medication, food and water in case they become temporarily stranded.

A snowstorm expected to last all day is projected to drop from several inches to a foot along a route that generally tracks I-81.

Kirkpatrick says the state agency has about 1,500 trucks available to clear the snow and treat road surfaces.

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