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Pennsylvania Turnpike limits speed due to snow, white-out conditions

Posted 11/15/18

Due to worsening weather conditions and white-out conditions in central and western regions, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has lowered the speed limit on much of its system.

Speeds are reduced to 45 …

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Pennsylvania Turnpike limits speed due to snow, white-out conditions

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Due to worsening weather conditions and white-out conditions in central and western regions, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has lowered the speed limit on much of its system.

Speeds are reduced to 45 mph from the Donegal Interchange (exit 91) in Westmoreland County to the Delaware River Bridge (milepost 359) in Chester County, as well as on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to the Lehigh Valley Interchange (exit 57) in Lehigh County.

While driving in severe weather, motorists are advised to follow these protocols, according to the turnpike:

• Always travel at a safe speed for conditions, no matter what the posted limit is

• Allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks

• Never pass a truck that is actively plowing or spreading salt.

In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, turnpike motorists should dial *11 on a mobile phone. Be prepared to give the milepost location and direction of travel and move vehicles out of active travel lanes if possible.

The turnpike suggests that motorists pack a winter emergency kit. A basic kit includes nonperishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider passenger necessities like baby food, pet supplies or medications.

Before heading out, motorists can check turnpike conditions at www.paturnpike.com; look at the “active travel advisories” ticker at the top for restrictions.