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PennDOT Advises Motorists in North Central PA to be Alert for Icy Road Conditions

Motorists in north central Pennsylvania are advised to drive with care and be alert for unexpected icy conditions on area roadways this weekend.

With snow squalls in the forecast and a cold front moving into the region, there is a potential for whiteout conditions and drifting snow which can decrease visibility and create slick pavement surfaces. Although PennDOT will be treating roads in the region, extreme cold temperatures limit the effectiveness of salt and slippery areas still may exist.

Motorists should give plow trucks plenty of room to operate. Increase traveling distance when following plow trucks and do not attempt to pass them.

PennDOT also reminds people that plowing snow from driveways and side streets onto state roads can create hazards and is not permitted.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 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.