Snow covers roads in Lackawanna County

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The winter weather caused some rush hour traffic delays and concerns on Tuesday. The worst of the storm was in the noon hour in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.

PennDOT has lifted restrictions, including I-380 and I-84. Now, drivers need to be aware of the possible icy conditions on the roads.

Snow started to come down steadily across northeastern Pennsylvania Tuesday morning.
By 11:00, PennDOT had several weather restrictions in place and traffic began to slow.

“Road conditions have mostly been snow-covered throughout the district and currently they are still snow-covered. We expect to see some icy conditions tonight,” said PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator for District 4 Jessica Kalinoski.

Speed is reduced to 45 miles-per-hour on several major highways including Interstate 81.
Commercial vehicles are also restricted to the right lane.

“It’s very important as commercial vehicles to stay in the right lane and to stay under the speed limit in order to avoid accidents, jackknifed tractor-trailers, things of that nature.”

If you have to go somewhere, PennDOT officials say its easy to check road conditions before you head out

“Don’t go out unless you need to go out. If you do need to go out, know before you go. Go on to check out the road conditions and then you can see where the plow trucks are and you can see if there’s any road closures any kind of information you need before you go out,” said Kalinoski.

Right now the biggest concern is ice. PennDOT crews will continue to work throughout the night until this winter weather is behind us and all the road conditions are safe across northeastern PA.

Penndot officials say Wayne, Pike and Wyoming Counties got enough snow for the plows.

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