Wolf declares disaster emergency for incoming snowstorm

'Avoid any unnecessary travel'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's governor is ramping up staffing to cope with a winter storm that's expected to hammer parts of the state still recovering from high winds, rain and snow several days ago.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced a state of emergency and said additional workers at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's headquarters will be on duty to monitor conditions.

"We also cannot emphasize enough the need for the public to take these storm warnings seriously, stay tuned to local media for weather updates, and avoid any unnecessary travel," Wolf said.

The disaster emergency declaration applies to dozens of counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania, including Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill counties.

Officials have also announced a ban on multiple types of trailers on sections of interstate and the Pennsylvania Turnpike and positioning plows and tow trucks.

Tens of thousands of people in the region remain without power after last week's nor'easter.

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