Winter driving skills required on area roadways Saturday

By Eileen Godin - | January 23rd, 2016 8:19 am

By Eileen Godin

Interstate-81 near mile marker 158 in Luzerne County Saturday morning. near mile marker 158 in Luzerne County Saturday morning.

Sharpen up your winter driving skills this morning, as roads throughout the Wyoming Valley and Back Mountain range from snow covered to slushy.

I drove from the Back Mountain into Wilkes-Barre at 6:30 a.m. and found the North Branch of the Cross Valley Expressway had one lane cleared in both directions.

Many secondary roads were just being treated and plowed at this time.

Wyoming Avenue in Kingston was slick in spots causing my car to slide.

Roads in Downtown Wilkes-Barre are becoming snow covered as the morning progresses.

The live traffic maps show traffic is moving but at a slower pace on I-81 and I-80 this morning.

The snow is predicted to continue throughout the day with winds ranging from 10 to 20 miles-per-hour and gusts up to 30 miles-per-hour causing blowing and drifting snow that could freeze on area roadways.

Municipal and state snow plows are out keeping area roads passable. But, if you do not have to drive, do not. Give the snowplow drivers time to clear the streets, highways and parking lots. Also, be mindful of your municipality’s winter parking ordinances to aid in efficient snow removal.


Due to the snow, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation released a vehicle restriction for Interstates 78, 81 and 176 in East Central Pennsylvania.

Vehicles that are affected are:

• empty straight trucks;

• large combination vehicles such as tandem trailers and double-wide trailers;

• tractors hauling empty trailers;

• trailers pulled by passenger vehicles;

• motorcycles; and

• recreational vehicles, including campers and RVs.

The restriction will be removed when weather and road conditions improve, according to the written news release from PennDOT.

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