UPDATE: The ban on commercial vehicles and 45 mph speed restrictions have been lifted on all area interstates.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Governor Tom Wolf has declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania and PennDOT officials have announced a ban on commercial travel ahead of the storm forecast for the weekend.
The commercial vehicle ban will be in place between noon Saturday and noon Sunday on all interstates and the Turnpike, except for Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The ban will also be imposed on the U.S. 22 expressway in the Lehigh Valley and the Pennsylvania Route 33 expressway in Northampton and Monroe Counties.
According to a release from the governor’s office, the declaration of an emergency allows for additional help from neighboring states and standing up the Pennsylvania National Guard to ensure a swift response to possible changing priorities, and the vehicle bans will allow our snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.
Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on the interstates and expressways as the storm progresses.