PennDOT District 4-0 is warning motorists to be prepared in the event that Friday’s afternoon weather conditions escalate into a rapidly-moving “clipper” storm with white-out conditions and zero visibility.


PennDOT District 4-0 is warning motorists to be prepared in the event that Friday’s afternoon weather conditions escalate into a rapidly-moving “clipper” storm with white-out conditions and zero visibility.

            District 4-0 is planning for this potential storm and will activate its interstate message boards with warnings to motorists to be prepared.

            In addition, PennDOT plow trucks and maintenance vehicles will be staged along their snow routes in order to be in-place should the storm arrive quickly. They will also patrol their routes early in the day pre-treating roadways, and will respond with appropriate plowing and spreading methods throughout the storm.

            Wreckers will also be placed at key crossovers along the interstates to quickly remove any disabled vehicles and keep traffic moving.

            Motorists are reminded that in the event the white-out conditions develop quickly, they need to be prepared to reduce their speed in response to decreasing visibility, maintain a safe distance between vehicles and be aware of the potential that vehicles may be stopped on the highway or along the shoulder.

            If you must pull over, be sure that you are completely off the roadway in a safe area or exit to a rest area.

 

            As always, PennDOT urges motorists to stay off the roads when winter conditions like this occur, but if you must travel, be sure your vehicle is in good condition, eliminate distractions such as cell phones, pack a safety kit with snacks, water, extra clothing and a blanket, even a shovel or a bag of anti-skid.

 

            SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO SAFE TRAVEL:  

Tune into media weather reports. Sign up for email or text alerts by visiting www.neparoads.com under News Releases. For interstate and local road conditions, weather reports, access to cameras across the state and more, click on Travel Information at www.neparoads.com. For interstate road conditions, telephone 1-888-783-6783 (in state) or 1-717-783-5186 (out-of-state callers).