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Region prepares for the season's first winter storm

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 26, 2014 5:56 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvanians are preparing for wintry weather on one of the busiest travel day of the year --  the day before Thanksgiving.

The entire midstate is under a winter storm warning until midnight.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with PennDOT and other state agencies, which are organizing their response once the snow begins to fall.

PEMA Spokesman Cory Angell says the timing of the storm is a key factor.

"What makes this unique is not just the weather, but also the fact that it is one of the (busiest) travel days," he says

Angell says the best advice for motorists is not to travel during the height of the storm.

"So if people can leave early or leave later after the system passes, that is best," he says. "That eliminates any chance of you getting stranded along the roadways."

Triple A Mid-Atlantic is predicting a 4.5 percent increase in travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Spokeswoman Jana Tidwell says today may feel like deja vu.

"Many Thanksgiving travelers may recall last Thanksgiving, there was a nor'easter that blew through across Pennsylvania and up the I-95 corridor," she says.

Tidwell says those traveling by air today may have to be patient.

"Your original home airport so to speak may be okay and clear to get out of there, but check the destination where you're going, just make sure everything is on time," she says. "If you need to make changes, plan accordingly."

The bulk of the snow is expected to fall during the daytime hours and the region could see between four and eight inches.

Angell advises travelers to have a preparedness kit with them.

He says it should have things like blankets, warm clothes, food, water and items for children and pets.

Examples of such car kits are at www.readypa.org.

Governor Corbett's office says it closed down government offices under his jurisdiction in and around Harrisburg, Reading, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. 

Dozens of schools across the region are closing for the day.

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