The massive snowstorm that held much of Central and Eastern Pennsylvania captive for almost a full day may have died down, but the Wolf administration has said the commonwealth isn't quite out of the woods yet. PennDOT will strategically deploy additional assets to areas expected to be hardest hit by the storm, including the Northeast, Poconos and Lehigh Valley.
A 45 miles per hour restriction is also still in effect on I-81 north /south from Exit 89: I-78 East-Allentown to Exit 151A: I-80 East-Stroudsburg; I-81 north from exits 151-188; I-81 south from exists 187-151A; I-84 east/west to the NY line; I-380 north/south.
"We are preparing for significant snow and winds and the impacts that those conditions could have on travel and public safety during and after the storm", Richard D. Flinn Jr., director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said. The turnpike will have the same restrictions beginning at 10 tonight from the Bedford Interchange east to New Jersey and on the entire northeastern extension.
The storm dumped about a foot of snow in Central Pennsylvania.
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PennDOT is also canceling all superload permits for movement on Tuesday. Winter storm warnings are in effect in the eastern and northernmost parts of the region stretching into OH and West Virginia, with 8 to 12 inches of snow forecasted for areas including in, the Laurel Highlands, Erie and Meadville.
Prior to reaching Geisinger, a third PennDOT district team had assumed duties as well. He also signed an emergency proclamation.
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