State agencies, officials work to respond to winter storm

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the activation of the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center along with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in response to the coastal storm hitting our area. 

Both are coordinating with local agencies to respond to the heavy snow and high winds. The governor urges residents to be careful and listen to law enforcement warnings. 

The coordination center includes personnel from Pennsylvania State Police, the Public Utility Commission, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and more. 

PennDOT has deployed crews from its districts based in Allentown and Scranton and deployed roughly 75 pieces of equipment. 

"My priority is keeping Pennsylvanians safe, and the combination of strong winds and heavy snow are making travel hazardous across much of the northern tier and northeastern Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said in a news release. “I encourage anyone in those areas to avoid any unnecessary travel through the evening and overnight hours because even when it stops snowing, strong winds will make driving risky.”

Gov. Wolf says the intensity of the storm caused several closures, some in parts of Interstates 80 and 380 in Monroe County in addition to sections of I-76 in Montgomery County, and I-81 in northeast Pennsylvania.

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