Central PA first to get hit by storm

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MANSFIELD, TIOGA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Drivers in central Pennsylvania are taking added precautions as the winter storm continues to wreak havoc on the roads.

Since about 9:30 Monday night, the freezing rain we’ve seen off and on throughout the night in central Pennsylvania has really picked up. With roads already slick and more precipitation on the way, motorists and emergency officials alike are urging caution.

In the midst of an active winter, two more winter storms this week have emergency officials bracing for the worst. In areas expecting snowfall, they’re reminding people to do what they can to help streamline emergency response.

“Anything we can do, having the hydrants cleared out for us, having your driveway, your sidewalks cleared out make things better, make things quicker,” Old Lycoming Township emergency service director Joe Hopple said.

But the recent barrage of winter weather has already taken a toll.

Joe hopple/emergency service director, old lycoming township
“Fatigue of responders is one thing. The guys stay here later, they’ve got to keep the station open, they’ve got to man the station because they can’t get here from home. So that fatigue builds up,” Hopple said.

Out on the roads, drivers like David Lovenduski say they’re keeping an eye on the changing conditions.

“I’m gonna be definitely mindful of the idea of frozen pavement before I make it home. It’s going to be a little bit before I get home and by then there could well be ice on the road,” Lovenduski said.

Brendan Noon is driving from Rochester, New York to Florida after poor weather postponed his flight. Three hours in, he says deteriorating conditions are impacting his plans.

“Do you wanna continue if it is worse going south here? I mean, we’re in no hurry so we might stop in one of these hotels for the night, maybe,” Noon said.

He says the weather hadn’t really been a factor before he crossed into Pennsylvania.

“Driving conditions coming from the north haven’t been very slick yet. I know, right here it’s a little bit slick in certain spots, but it’s not like driving conditions terrible yet,” Noon said.

Now throughout the night the number of vehicles Eyewitness News has seen on the road has been fairly limited. Motorists do appear to be heeding the warning of those emergency officials, and PennDOT, but obviously much of this storm is still ahead of us.

We’ll be tracking those developments and all the impacts of this winter storm throughout the evening here on Eyewitness News.

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