Wolf Administration Outlines State Preparations for Winter Storm

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2017

The storm, which is expected to arrive in the Midstate at about 8 p.m. Monday, could dump up to 15 inches of snow in Harrisburg, 24 inches in the Poconos, 10 to 14 inches in Philadelphia and 6 to 9 inches in Pittsburgh. Wolf said the proclamation allows for easier procurement of emergency resources and offers protections for consumers against price gouging.

"I ask residents and commercial drivers across the commonwealth to prepare to avoid unnecessary travel on roadways during this time - as to let road crews and emergency responders do their jobs and minimize risky travel".

During the storm, 695 national guard members will be stationed across the state, the governor said.

A 45 mile per hour restriction will be in place beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, from the Bedford Interchange, exit 146 on I-76, east to New Jersey on I-276 and on the entire Northeastern extension, I-476.

Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA will be activated with personnel from the following agencies: PEMA, Public Utility Commission, PA State Police, American Red Cross, PA Turnpike Commission, Office of Administration, and the departments of Health, Human Services, and Military and Veterans Affairs. They have already begun moving resources to the parts of Pennsylvania that will be most affected by the storm.

He said residents should make sure they have plenty of food, water, blankets and other essentials. "We are also urging everyone to take necessary precautions in the event of widespread power outages, and to check on elderly neighbors in the event of an emergency". He said people who drive will be putting themselves and others at risk.

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