Slushy snow hits York County, PennDOT limits speeds

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Amid a weather system that dropped several inches of heavy, slushy snow in York County on Sunday, Feb. 4, officials at PennDOT have reduced speeds on major roadways.

Damion Kamarauskas, of York City, brushes the snow off of his car near Farquhar Park in York City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

PennDOT placed 45 mile-per-hour speed limits on Interstate 83, Route 15 and Route 30 as of noon Sunday, according to a news release.

The Department of Transportation is encouraging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.

The speed limits were implemented after a weather system early Sunday morning brought about 2-3 inches of snow and lingered until the early afternoon, according to Charles Ross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

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He doesn't expect more accumulation but said rain and sleet will taper off in the evening with temperatures settling in the low 30s.

A wind shift to the West should help evaporate some of the snow, Ross said, but commuters should "definitely be on the lookout" for ice blocks Monday morning.

A full list of roads under the temporary speed limit in South Central PA is below:

  • Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon counties 

  • Interstate 78 in Lebanon County

  • Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties

  • Interstate 283 in Dauphin County

  • PA 283 in Dauphin and Lancaster counties

  • US 22/322 in Dauphin County and Perry counties

  • PA 581 in Cumberland County

  • US 11 in Franklin and Cumberland counties

  • US 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties

  • US 11/15 in Cumberland and Perry County counties

  • US 30 in York and Lancaster Counties

  • US 222 in Lancaster County, from US 30 to Berks County line