Pa. Turnpike warns motorists of wintry Driving Conditions

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Pa. Turnpike announces ‘Winter-Weather Warning’ now in place across toll-road system.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is operating under a Winter-Weather Warning due to the winter storm. Storm warnings have been issued for all areas of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Motorists should stay alert for possible heavy snow, poor visibility and slick roadway. When encountering changing conditions or approaching emergency and maintenance workers, reduce your speed and keep alert.

The initial hours of a storm can create fast-changing roadway conditions; it’s imperative that motorists use extreme caution as  snow begins to fall. Some stretches of roadway may be clear and dry but can quickly become snow-covered and slippery.

Extra maintenance crews and State Police patrols are on duty across the turnpike, clearing the roadway and assisting motorists as needed. For safety reasons, drivers should not pass plow trucks.

If it becomes necessary, Pennsylvania Turnpike speed limits may be temporarily reduced to 45 miles per hour tonight or tomorrow where conditions warrant. At some point during the storm, the Turnpike could also ban certain types of commercial and private trailers if necessary. Please check for any such restrictions before you enter the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

For up-to-the-minute turnpike conditions, check the live Turnpike Travel Conditions Map online at www.paturnpike.com/webmap or call 866-976-TRIP (8747) for restrictions and closures. The turnpike’s free smartphone app, “Trip Talk,” provides iPhone and Droid users with audio alerts for their specific location and direction of travel. Visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk to learn more.

In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, Pennsylvania Turnpike motorists can utilize the yellow emergency call boxes on the shoulder or dial *11 or 1-800-332-3880 to receive aid. Be prepared to give your milepost location and direction of travel and move the involved vehicles out of active travel lanes if possible.