Black Forest Express
Monday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 24; sleet overnight
TUE– WINTRY MIX, HIGH 38
TUE NIGHT-WINDY, LOW 25
WED-SNOW SHOWERS, WINDY HIGH 30
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, EARLY THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY LOW 23
THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, WINDY WARMER, HIGH 45
THU NIGHT-RAIN SHOWERS THE RAIN & SNOW MIX, LOW 33
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Winter storm warning posted…PennDOT imposes some road restrictions….Roaring Branch man accused of attacking female victim……
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WINTER STORM WARNING FOR CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING… POTTER, CAMERON AND TIOGA COUNTIES IN THE BLACK FOREST SERVICE AREA ARE INCLUDED IN THE WARNING.
Heavy mixed precipitation ending. Additional ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch and additional snow and sleet accumulations of around an inch are expected.
.Plan on difficult travel conditions including during the evening commute.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission strongly encourage motorists to heed all
travel restrictions and delay unnecessary travel. Visit
www.511pa.com for the latest travel, roadway and traffic
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PA Turnpike are lifting additional vehicle restrictions that were imposed as part of the storm impacting much of the state.
Effective at 2:30 PM Tuesday. the full commercial ban (including buses) is removed from Interstate 70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and the PA Turnpike restriction on only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs has been removed from New Stanton to Carlisle, leaving no vehicle restrictions on the Turnpike mainline.
At 1:00 PM, the agencies removed the ban on only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs from the following roadways:
• PA Turnpike (I-76/70, I-276, I-95) from Carlisle to the New Jersey state line;
• I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
• I-76 (non-Turnpike);
• I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81; and
• I-95 full length.
A full commercial ban (including buses) remains in effect on the following roadways:
• I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike;
• Interstate 380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
• I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey state line;
• I-81 from I-78 to the New York state line;
• I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
• I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131); and
• I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80.
A prohibition on only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs remains on the following roadways:
• I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
• I-81 from the Maryland state line to I-83;
• I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County (#20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56);
• Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
• Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.
A 45-mph speed restriction is in place on various roadways with or without vehicle restrictions. Find the most-current restrictions and incidents at www.511PA.com.
To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.
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.
A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.
Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.
When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:
• Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
• Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
• When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
• Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
• Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
• Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.
To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by usinghttps://www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter.aspx. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.
Potter County Senior Centers were closed and the Potter County LEPC meeting was cancelled due to the storm. Classes were cancelled at several area schools.
A 35 year old Roaring Branch man has been arrested on charges of simple assault, strangulation and harassments for a domestic violence incident Sunday night at a Union Township home. State police allege Brian Logue choked a 32 year old Towanda, PA woman and broke some teeth during the attack. Logue was arrested on scene without further incident. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 20 before District Judge Carlson.