Ahead Of Major Storm; Governor Wolf Issues Emergency Declaration For PA

4 to 9 inches of snow expected locally

Andrew Limberg
January 18, 2019 - 2:34 pm

© Cameron Clark, York Daily Record

HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With much of the state under a Winter Watch or Warning, Governor Tom Wolf signed a state of emergency declaration Friday to help with additional assistance for storm-related needs.

In addition, officials have imposed speed restrictions on the PA Turnpike and most interstates and have placed a ban on all commercial traffic, including buses.

Roads with commercial vehicle ban between 12 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/ PennDOT

Speed limits will be reduced to 45 mph on the interstates and expresses during the storm.

The emergency declaration also allows for help from neighboring states and calling on the PA National Guard to “ensure a swift response to possible changing priorities.”

“We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour,” Governor Wolf said. “Our top concern is the safety of residents. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”

The Saturday storm is expected to bring 4 to 9 inches of snow with the possibility of a one-tenth inch of ice. Meteorologists add a foot of snow is possible for the Pittsburgh area if the precipitation does not change to rain.

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