Wolf said an emergency declaration hasn't been issued but could be if the situation warrants one, and travel restrictions may also be put in place Monday evening into Tuesday if that is needed to minimize risky travel.
Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency had one big message for Commonwealth residents Monday in advance of a storm that could drop more than a foot of snow: stay off the roads. Almost one foot of snow is expected for high-elevation areas in Fayette County.
"PennDOT led the way with a plow train", Wolf said. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 8 p.m. Monday to 10 p.m. Tuesday from Philadelphia to the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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Numerous firefighters battling the blaze had just come from the funeral of a retired firefighter who died of cancer, he said. Dennis DeVoe was heading to the scene when his vehicle was hit in an intersection.
Pennsylvania has lifted the vehicle and 45 miles per hour speed restrictions on several interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike as the snowstorm begins to taper off in the central part of the state. The National Guard followed up to make sure that if anything happened they could help. But if forecasts are incorrect and the storm shifts, about 12 inches of snow could fall in the region.
Restrictions have been lifted for I-70, I-99 and I-80 between I-99 and I-81.
He said drivers should drive slowly and cautiously, especially around plow trucks.