Dunmore, PA – Based on weather forecasts indicating the potential for snow squalls today, PennDOT advises motorists to be alert to them. Snow squalls can quickly cause roads to become snow-covered and slick. In addition, heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions, virtually eliminating a driver’s visibility.

 Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists, including PennDOT plow truck drivers, face during the winter; and motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can quickly cause roads to become snow covered.

If motorists encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:

·         Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions. ·         Turn on your headlights. ·         Stay in your lane. ·         Increase your following distance. ·         Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient. ·         Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required. ·         Use defroster and wipers. ·         Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice. ·         During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so. ·         Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision. ·         Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely. ·         Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

Motorists can check conditions and snow-plow locations on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 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. 

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