EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — As snowy conditions and cold temperatures come across most of Pennsylvania Wednesday, PennDOT has issued various speed and car restrictions during the storm.

PennDOT says crews are actively pre-treating roadways where necessary ahead of the storm to help prevent ice from forming a bond with the pavement during the early stages of a storm.

With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.

A Tier 1 vehicle restriction will go into place at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, in accordance with the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

  • Interstate 80 from I-79 to I-180
  • I-76 (PA Turnpike) from New Stanton to Breezewood
  • The entire length of I-99

Tier 1 vehicle restriction is in place as of 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in accordance with the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan on the following roadways: 

  • I-80 in Carbon and Monroe counties
  • I-81 in Schuylkill County
  • I-380 in Monroe County

A Tier 1 vehicle restriction will go into place at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 25 in accordance with the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

  • I-80 from I-180 to the New Jersey border
  • I-81 from I-78 to the New York border
  • I-84, entire length
  • I-380, entire length
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike Northeast Extension) from I-78 to I-81 Clarks Summit
  • Interstate 80 in Luzerne County
  • Interstate 81 Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Susquehanna counties
  • Interstate 380 in Lackawanna and Wayne counties
  • Interstate 84 in Lackawanna, Wayne, and Pike counties

 Under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways: 

  • Tractors without trailers
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers, or tank trailers 
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers
  • Enclosed are unloaded or lightly loaded cargo delivery trucks/box trucks that meet the definition of a CMV
  • Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers
  • Recreational vehicles/motorhomes
  • School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches
  • motorcycles

PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit to 45 mph and restricting commercial vehicles to the right lane only on the following interstates beginning at 8:30 a.m.:

  • Interstate 81, north of the SR 309 interchange, in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Susquehanna counties
  • Interstate 84 in Lackawanna, Wayne, and Pike counties
  • Interstate 180 the entire length 
  • Interstate 80 from the Ohio State line to mile marker 212 (Interstate 180 interchange) in Northumberland County  

On roadways with Tier 2 restrictions in place, tractors towing loaded tandem trailers are not permitted unless there are chains or another approved Alternate Traction Device on board. 

Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes, and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions.

On roadways with Tier 3 restrictions in place, no commercial vehicles are permitted EXCEPT loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices. 

Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes, and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions.

Drivers can check current road conditions on 511PA.