Icy Conditions Predicted With Winter Storm
Motorists urged to stay off roads.
That, in effect, is the message for anyone considering traveling during the winter storm.
PennDOT cautioned motorists to avoid unnecessary travel and to pack an emergency kit because of the ice, sleet and snow forecast for the next few days, according to a statement from acting PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.
“Extremely dangerous weather is expected over the next few days, and although we will have crews treating roads around the clock, motorists should remain prepared for exceptionally icy conditions,” Schoch said. “All it takes is one stuck vehicle or crash to halt traffic and create lengthy delays."
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to an update from the National Weather Service at 9:15 tonight.
The service predicts an accumulation of one-quarter to one-half inch of ice and 1 to 2 inches of snow.
"A mix of snow and sleet will begin overnight, changing over to freezing rain by Tuesday morning, NWS stated. "Freezing rain is expected Tuesday (and) a change-over to rain is expected late Tuesday, but may mix back to freezing rain briefly Tuesday night."
Ice and snow accumulating on untreated roads will lead to hazardous driving conditions, the weather service warns.
"Accumulating ice may cause tree limbs and wires to break, making power outages possible," NWS states.