Travel restrictions in place for winter storm

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2018 5:14 AM

FILE PHOTO: AP Photo/Mel Evans

(Philadelphia) -- Officials are announcing travel restrictions for a snowstorm expected to hit eastern and central Pennsylvania late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

The Transportation Department says that as of midnight Tuesday, sections of interstate will ban empty straight trucks, tandem trailers, double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles.

The ban applies to sections of Interstates 78, 80, 81, 84 and 380.

The same restrictions will apply to the Pennsylvania Turnpike's entire Northeastern Extension and on a 112-mile section of the east-west mainline, Interstate 76 and 276, from the Harrisburg East Interchange to the Delaware River Bridge.

Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, commercial vehicles will be prohibited from I-380 and I-84 in northeastern Pennsylvania.

PennDOT is positioning plows and tow trucks in areas expected to see the worst conditions.

Tens of thousands of customers remain without power from last week's nor'easter.

This story has been updated with expanded restrictions on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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