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Winter Weather Advisory Issued with Snow Expected Sunday

by on March 02, 2019 7:51 PM

Spring might not be too far off, but the snowy season is still sticking around.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from noon on Sunday to 1 a.m. on Monday for Centre County. NWS forecasts about 3 to 5 inches of snow in Centre County, while AccuWeather predicts 3 to 6 inches.

Snow is expected to move in to the area by early afternoon, with the steadiest snowfall later in the day and evening before tapering off late Sunday night.

Though the forecasted accumulations are down from the initial projections of nearly a foot, it will still make for slippery roads and reduced visibility.

PennDOT is planning restrictions on highways across the state, including on I-99 and I-80 in Centre County.

At noon on Sunday, PennDOT will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all large combination vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; tractors without trailers (bobtails); any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roads:

  • I-70 full length in Fulton County;

  • I-80 (I-99 to I-81);

  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to I-83;

  • I-99 full length; and

  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will implement a full commercial ban (including buses) on the following roads:

  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;

  • I-80 from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;

  • I-81 from I-83 to I-80;

  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;

  • I-283;

  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County to I-80;

  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and

  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

Also at 3 p.m. Sunday, the agencies will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all large combination vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; tractors without trailers (bobtails); any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from Harrisburg East to Mid-County;

  • I-81 from I-80 to the New York state line;

  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;

  • I-176;

  • I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80; and

  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-80 to Clarks Summit.

 

Restrictions are subject to change and PennDOT may implement speed restrictions as well, based on conditions. Visit PennDOT's 511pa.com for real-time road conditions across the state.

“I urge all Pennsylvanians to consider staying home and off the roads as this winter storm moves across the state Sunday,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a news release. “If you must travel, please be vigilant in traveling safely and be sure you have an emergency kit in your car and your cell phone is charged. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been in contact with state agencies involved in weather-related activities, including PennDOT and local emergency management agencies to make certain we are prepared.”



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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