Winter weather raises concern for drivers on major roadways

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EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The snow is still coming down, and we still haven’t seen the worst of this storm. The blanket of snow settling on Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania is creating safety concerns for drivers.

Willie Smith, of South Scranton, spent his morning walking around taking pictures of the snow.
“I just came out shovel some snow and take some pictures of this beautiful white snow, said Smith.

After living in Africa for 10 years, he braces for the winter weather and sends pictures to family and friends who have never seen it.

“Tell you the truth, I hate snow, but I have a lot of people who want me to send pictures of the snow because they don’t get snow especially back home in Ghana, in West Africa, and some of my family in Mississippi and different places,” said Smith.

For others, the snow is a major inconvenience. Chuck Wirshels is a truck driver who says he was supposed to drive his truck to Chicago and be there by tonight. With all of the snow, he says the earliest he’ll get there is Tuesday.

“I’m pretty heavy, so it’s keeping me… I’m going slower like you’re supposed to. It helps, but unfortunately not everybody does that,” said Wirshels. “I’m not going to go very far today, wait until the sun comes up, hopefully the roads will be better. The plows are out, I’m thankful for that.”

Seasoned veterans have a few tokens of advice for drivers heading to the roads today.

“There’s a car turned over right down here on 93 right before you get to Nescopeck, everybody forgot how to drive. Slow down, that’s the best advice in the world you can give anybody, slow down,” said Skip Kennedy, from Berwick.

We saw this pickup truck on I-81 northbound this morning near the Nanticoke exit. The vehicle appeared to have run off the road and needed a tow truck to save them. This is one of the many reasons PennDOT is recommending no one goes out on the roads today unless absolutely necessary.

Everyone is being advised to keep an emergency kit in their car. This should include items like water, non-perishable food items, warm clothes, a blanket and even a little shovel.

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