Several schools across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia were closed Wednesday, or issued early dismissals, in response to a severe snowstorm hitting the East Coast.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PennDOT) on Tuesday had announced travel restrictions, which included a complete ban on commercial vehicle operation. The ban started at 6 a.m. local time for Interstate 70 in Fulton County, Interstate 99 from Interstate 80 to the turnpike, and Interstate 80 from Interstate 79 to the Interstate 99 interchange.
PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters told School Transportation News that only the commercial vehicle bans affecting morning school bus routes were those on 1-70 in Fulton County from the Maryland state line to the turnpike and I-99 from I-80 to the turnpike.
“School buses were able to travel on other interstates and routes in the state,” Waters said.
James Brown, highway maintenance manager for Montgomery County, said he encourages drivers to be extra careful when driving in extreme weather.
“If you must travel, I urge extreme caution, because driving conditions may be difficult,” Brown said in a press conference. “We urge you to remove all snow and ice from your vehicles before driving, and to buckle up, watch your speeds, turn on your headlights when your wipers are on, it’s the law.”