A cold night could make for difficult driving conditions tomorrow

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 5, 2015 3:05 PM

Photo by PA Internet News Service

PennDOT plows clear snow from Interstate 83 near York.

(Harrisburg) -- The snow may be tapering off in some parts of the midstate, but PennDOT is bracing for difficult conditions through the night, and workers will be watching temperature gauges.

A warmer morning helped PennDOT with snow removal at the start of the storm, since the rain changed over to snow a little later than forecasters had predicted.

But lows below freezing could turn some roads into skating rinks tonight.

"These wet roads out here, once we're spreading salt all day, there's potential for a hard re-freeze, so we're going to be at until the early morning tomorrow," says Mike Crochunis with PennDOT's District Eight office.

Crochunis says about 350 crews are working 12 hour shifts to clear roads, and will continue through the early morning hours.

At least four inches of snow have already blanketed much of the midstate, especially areas south of the Turnpike.

Forecasters expect the snow to stop by nightfall.

Crochunis says for motorists this evening, planning ahead and checking the state's 511 service will help make the trip easier.

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