Wednesday, March 07, 2018 – A nor’easter will hit the East Coast hard again for the second time in less than a week, significantly impacting commuting conditions, specifically along the I-95 corridor. A combination of heavy snow and strong winds from the system may lead to more tree damage and power outages in the storm-weary Northeast. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings from northern Maryland, northern Delaware into eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, central and eastern New York and much of New England. This includes Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Albany, Portland and much of the Boston metro area. Disruption to service in the affected areas is expected.
Officials have begun implementing travel restrictions on major roadways in Pennsylvania due to weather. At midnight Tuesday, PennDOT imposed a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:
- I-78 from the junction with I-81 to the New Jersey state line.
- I-80 from the junction with I-81 to the New Jersey state line.
- I-81 from the Maryland state line to the New York state line.
- I-84 from the junction with I-81 to the New York state line.
- I-380 from the junction with I-80 to the junction with I-81.
Additionally, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will prohibit these vehicles from traveling the northeastern extension between the Lehigh Tunnel and Clarks Summit.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, all commercial vehicles will be banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania. These restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered on these routes.
Wintry conditions are currently impacting areas shaded in blue.