Stay off the roads if you can

A good time to stay

It’s a good idea to stay off the roads if you can do that today. .

That’s the advice of National Weather Service meteorologists in State College this morning.

NWS is predicting the snow that started in the early morning hours will move across all of central Pennsylvania today. It will become heavy at times late in the morning and this afternoon, especially over the southeast.

Stay off the roads
Snow has been falling since early morning in and around Franklin County .
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So if you have to head out, be sure to check for road conditions and for the latest forecast.

READ: Snow emergency: Chambersburg’s City Hall closed

PennDOT is restricting truck and some other travel on major highways during the storm. Speed limits will be 45 miles an hour for all vehicles until the storm is over. Commercial vehicles must stay in the right hand lanes.

Passenger vehicles can travel on both Interstates 81 and 83 as long as they aren’t towing anything, but motorcycles and recreational vehicles are not. Single tractor-trailer rigs are also allowed as long as they are fully loaded. Empties and loaded tandem trailers without chains or Alternative Traction Devices onboard are prohibited. So are oversized loads and tractors without trailers.

READ: I-81 NB closed : Snow creates hazardous driving

Stay off the roads
Crashes on Interstate 81 near Chambersburg during a snow storm earlier this month. (Photo courtesy Franklin Fire Co.)

Closures announced today include:

  • Chambersburg’s City Hall and borough offices;
  • Waynesboro Community & Human Services;
  • Renfrew Museum and Park Visitors enter. Park grounds were open this morning.
  • Save-A-Lot in Chambersburg is closing at 2 p.m.
  • Waste Management is canceling their Thursday trash pickup route. This will push collection to Friday and Friday routes to Saturday.
  • Here’s Looking At You, a boutique in downtown Chambersburg.

As of noon, there was a bit of a lull in the precipitation across much of central Pennsylvania, but additional light snow is expected later today into tonight. Here are some of the higher snowfall totals across central PA (so far):

  • Greencastle, between 4 1/2 and 6 inches, depending on location;
  • Newburg, 2-3 inches at noon;
  • New Freedom in York County, 6 1/2 inches;
  • South Hanover Dauphin County, 2 3/4 inches as of 11 a.m.
  • Lemoyne Cumberland County. 2 3/4 inches as of 11:45 a.m.
  • Lebanon County. 3 1/2 inches;
  • Lancaster County, between 3.8 and 6 inches;
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