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PennDOT prepares salt for trucks in January.

abc27 News

Gov. Tom Wolf's office Tuesday announced that PennDOT will impose bans on certain vehicles beginning at midnight due to the impending winter storm.

Wolf said state agencies are preparing a plan to reduce disruptions but suggested drivers postpone any unnecessary travel Wednesday when the storm will hit hardest.

According to ABC27 meteorologists, snowfall is only expected to be an inch to 3 inches from Carlisle westward, and 3 to 6 inches for eastern Cumberland County. Other counties in the region, including Lancaster and Lebanon counties could see up to a foot of snow.

Much of the snowfall will happen during the day on Wednesday.

“This storm may not have the extremely high winds as the one last week, but it will dump significant amounts of snow across a wider area and that prospect is moving us to take additional aggressive steps to restrict heavier vehicles from the interstates,” Wolf said in a news release. “We must remember that weather is to a large extent unpredictable, but we are doing our utmost to station resources in as effective way as possible.”

PennDOT will impose a ban Wednesday on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and RVs or recreational vehicles on Interstate 81 from Maryland to New York, Interstate 78 from I-81 in Lebanon to New Jersey, Interstate 80 from I-81 to New Jersey, Interstate 84 from I-81 to New York and Interstate 380 from I-80 to I-81.

All commercial vehicles will be banned on I-380 and I-84 at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will also prohibit these vehicles from traveling in the northeastern extension between the Lehigh Tunnel and Clarks Summit, the news release said.

Wolf said the restrictions will remain in place "as long as warranted through the storm." Speed restrictions and wider vehicle bans may also be made as conditions develop.

“I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone to heed weather forecasts, listen to directions from emergency officials, and plan accordingly,” Wolf said.


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