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Winter weather advisory covers entire region

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Mar 5, 2015 6:24 AM
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(Undated) -- Mother Nature could be bringing one final winter storm to the midstate.

The entire region is under a winter weather advisory. It's in effect until 1:00 p.m. for Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill and Snyder counties; until 4:00 p.m. for Adams, Franklin, Lancaster and York counties; until 7:00 p.m. until Berks County.

Snow is expected today, accumulating:

1-3 inches in Juniata County

2-4 inches in Perry County

3-5 inches in Dauphin County

4-8 inches in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster and York counties

Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor will operate on a modified schedule today.

Keystone Service between Harrisburg and Philadelphia/New York City will operate on a modified schedule.

Due to severity of the winter storm impacting the region, PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit on several major roadways in South Central Pennsylvania today as of 9:30 AM.                

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

  • I-81 in Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon counties,     
  • I-78 in Lebanon County,
  • I-83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties,
  • I-283 in Dauphin County,
  • Route 283 in Dauphin and Lancaster counties,
  • U.S. 22/322 in Dauphin and Perry counties,
  • Route 581 in Cumberland County,
  • U.S. 11 in Franklin and Cumberland counties,
  • Route 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties,
  • U.S. 11/15 in Cumberland and Perry County counties,
  • U.S. 222 in Lancaster County between U.S. 30 and the Berks County line.

Although PennDOT crews are treating roadways, the department's primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike (PTC) is also now operating under a weather emergency.

The PTC and Pennsylvania State Police have implemented a speed-limit restriction of 45 mph from the Blue Mountain Interchange (Exit #201) east to the Delaware River Bridge (Exit #359).

The reduced 45 mph speed limit is also in effect on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) from the Mid County Interchange (Exit #20) to the Lansdale Interchange (Exit #31).

All travelers are urged to reduce their speeds and keep alert for changing travel conditions and emergency crews working on the roadway. Do not attempt to pass trucks plowing or servicing the highway. All abandoned vehicles are being removed from the shoulder to allow crews to clear the roadway.

Turnpike travelers can get up-to-date travel information by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visiting the live Travel Conditions Map online at www.paturnpike.com/webmap. The Turnpike's smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Android users. To download the free app, visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.

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