The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting
drivers that snowfall and the potential for snow squalls are in the forecast into today.
Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists, including PennDOT plow truck drivers, face during the winter. Motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can quickly cause roads to become snow covered. Heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions that can greatly restrict or virtually eliminate a driver’s visibility.
PennDOT recommends motorists avoid traveling during winter storms if possible, but motorists who must be on the road are urged to use caution while driving.
If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:
* Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
* Turn on your headlights.
* Stay in your lane.
* Increase your following distance.
* Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
* Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
* Use defroster and wipers.
* Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
* During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far
off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
* Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction
* Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle
that is following too closely.
* Always buckle up and never drink and drive.
PennDOT is prepared, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.