Snow squalls reduce visibility for drivers

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LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The snow came down fast across our region today causing whiteouts in some parts of our region.

PennDOT removed all restrictions at 4:30 p.m. on Monday in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.

Snow squalls swept through Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania Monday. The snow came down fast causing visibility problems across the region. Traffic was seen backed up on Interstate 81 near Route 29 in Luzerne County.

PennDOT crews were working double time to get the roads cleared as quick as possible.

“A lot of nuts on the roads. The roads are good. PennDOT is doing a good job,” said Todd Grohowski, a driver from Bloomsburg.

Eyewitness News met the Bloomsburg resident who says the snow started to come down for him in Central Pennsylvania early Monday morning.

“The mountain’s dynamite coming up here, it’s just the trucks getting stuck and they shouldn’t even be out on the road, they’re blocking everything up,” said Grohowski.

While driving to Luzerne County Monday afternoon, Grohowski pointed out the interstate was mostly down to one lane.

“The other needs to be cleared, but it’s coming down too fast.”

It came down so fast some truck drivers decided to pull over.

“Yeah I had to cover up the chickens, you can’t have full coops of snow we need coops of chickens,” said truck driver Frank Capobianco.

Capobianco says his job gets a little frustrating in the snow.

“It gets a little rougher in these conditions, you got people who don’t wanna slow down, everybody wants to get where they’re going.”

Eyewitness News also talked with those cleaning their car off after work.

“We’re all sick of it. Everybody’s done!” said Kingston resident Persida Silva.

“We just got off, I’m going home now,” said Silva.

But she said she’s going to take it easy.

“Very slow. 20 miles, 15 miles, very slow, to be safe.”

If you ever come across snow squalls while driving: slow down, turn on your headlights, stay in your lane, increase your following distance and use your wipers and defrosters until you get to a safe place as far off the road as possible and come to a complete stop.

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