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Travel restrictions lifted; for now

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(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) — In anticipation of the major winter storm bearing down on Pennsylvania this weekend, Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT announced a state of emergency.

The Friday announcement included a ban on commercial vehicles and speed limit reductions on the major interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike until noon today.

But warm air from the south helped keep many areas of the state in more of a rain event.

Because of that, PennDOT spokesperson Fritzi Schreffler says the restrictions have been lifted.

“The truck bans have been lifted in many areas of the state as well as speed restrictions.  I know at least in the eight counties here in southcentral Pennsylvania, we definitely lifted the speed restrictions so people can travel again at the normal speed.  I would expect that a little bit later today, if we start dealing with ice, many areas of the state will go back to some of those restrictions,” Schreffler said.

Forecasters say arctic air and high winds will roll through Pennsylvania beginning this afternoon.  

Temperatures and expected to plummet and wind chills could reach minus 20 degrees tonight and Monday.

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