City, PENNDOT announces preparations for Thursday snow storm

- The City of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Depart of Transportation have announced what preparations they will be making in anticipation of Thursday's snowfall.


PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out may encounter the following conditions:

  • Speed restriction to 45 mph on sections of Interstate 80 in Clinton and Centre counties;
  • Speed restriction to 45 mph on Interstate 99 in Centre County; and
  • Right lane only truck restriction on Route 322 (Seven Mountains) in Mifflin County
Although PennDOT crews will be treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
A Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning at 12:01 am on Thursday, February 9.

For citizens, a Snow Emergency means all parked cars must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing. When moving your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snow plows trying to turn corners.

Snow Emergency information can be found here; and a map of Snow Emergency routes can be found here. Cars left on Snow Emergency routes will be moved to other parking spots to assist in snow plowing operations. If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it. Do NOT call 911.

The State of New Jersey has authorized the closing of state offices on Thursday, February 9,‎ for all non-essential employees. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.


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