PennDOT: Use caution when driving

Heavy rain, cold and snow expected through Saturday

CLEARFIELD — Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 2 is alerting drivers that heavy rainfall, falling temperatures, and expected snow in the northcentral region could impact travel through Saturday. Rainfall overnight could cause roadway flooding and falling temperatures could then bring flash freezing and sleet. Snowfall will follow the rain, bringing added challenges for drivers. District 2 includes Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties.

Through much of the region, snow accumulations of up to six inches is possible, with as much as a foot of snow possible in northwest areas of the region. While accumulation could be slight in southern counties, winds and low temperatures could combine with the snowfall to make conditions slippery and challenging.

PennDOT recommends avoiding travel during winter storms if possible, but motorists who must be on the road are urged to use caution while driving and advises drivers to not drive through standing water, turn on headlights, slow down, reduce driving distractions, use defroster and windshield wipers, keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice, use flashers when traveling slowly and buckle up.

PennDOT is prepared, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths — when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

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