Winter weather: What you need to know about the snow

March 03, 2019 - 12:09 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- We're getting another blast of winter weather as snow, sleet and rain hits our region. 

On Sunday afternoon, a Winter Weather Warning went into effect for Philadelphia and the surroding counties, such as Berks, the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos. Forecasters say that this warning will extend to 7 a.m. Monday morning.

PennDot says about 400 trucks will be on the roads to salt and plow, but officials reiterate staying safe is everyone's job.

Spokesman Brad Rudolph says if it is not an emergency, try to stay in and wait the storm out.

"Definitely avoid travel if possible," he said. "There might be speed restrictions issued at some point during the storm. There a handful of commercial vehicle restrictions that are going to be in place statewide."

Rudolph says if you must travel during the storm, use some tools they're putting right at your fingertips.

"There's a lot of real time information out there," he added. "If you must travel, 511pa.com or 511 apps will give you cameras, will give you plows, real-time conditions."

PennDOT has updated its commercial vehicle restrictions to include turnpike routes I-76, I-476 and I-276. To see the complete list, click here. 

Amtrak's Beth Toll says the snow is forcing them to move their Pennsylvanian and Keystone services to a modified schedule, so make sure you keep a close eye on your route. 

"If conditions warranted, if we started to see things were deteriorating, then we could certainty adjust more of our trains as needed," Toll said. 

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy laid out some of things officials in his administration are doing to prepare for the oncoming winter storm.

"I am issuing a state of emergency for the entire state effective at 3 p.m. New Jersey State Police have declared a commercial vehicle restriction along all of our interstate highways," he said. 

He also says try and pre-charge cell phones, stay away from downed wires and call your service provider immediately you your power goes out. 

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SEPTA official, Andrew Bush, told KYW Newsradio that riders will see a change in schedule for Monday.

“So we don’t run on a normal weekday schedule tomorrow (Monday), we operate on a winter weather schedule,” Busch explains, “which is basically a Saturday schedule, so it’s a low level of service.”

The only line SEPTA says that will currently not be running on Monday is the Cynwyd Line.

Busch also says that there concern that heavy wet snow could bring down some of the overhead lines, and that more restrictions could come.

You can find the latest information on all SEPTA service on their website SEPTA.org.

For all those looking to fly, spokeswoman Diane Gerace is asking that anyone headed to airport should do so early.

“We encourage anyone who was planning to fly this evening, or if you were planning to come to the airport to meet someone coming in on a flight – make sure that you check flight status with the airline before you come to the airport,” she said.

So, if you have to go out on the roads -- either tonight or tomorrow -- make sure you stay with KYW Newsradio for the latest winter storm coverage, and of course please be safe.


KYW Newsradio's Justin Udo, Pat Toddy and Kevin Wright contributed to this report.