Wolf puts National Guard, travel limits in place for snow

Left Gov. Wolf; Right Courtesy PennDOT

Left Gov. Wolf; Right Courtesy PennDOT

With the widespread winter storm impacting the state beginning to ease, Pennsylvania has lifted the vehicle and speed restrictions on Interstates west of Interstate 81.

The storm dropped more than 20 inches of snow and sleet in parts of eastern Pennsylvania, and snow was continuing to fall Tuesday afternoon. He also announced that state Department of Transportation and Turnpike Commission will restrict speeds on interstates and some large commercial vehicular travel. Speed limits are reduced to 45 miles per hour and the affected interstates are closed to tandem trailers, empty trailers, buses, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and towed trailers.

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.

He's signed a disaster emergency proclamation.

Wolf says motorists are strongly encouraged to delay all unnecessary travel.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday from Philadelphia to the Poconos. They are Interstates 80, 81, 83, 84, 176, 283, 380 and 476 and all non-interstate expressways.

PennDOT is also canceling all superload permits for movement on Tuesday.

The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel as necessary to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation.

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