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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has declared a state of emergency ahead of a major winter storm that’s drifting toward the state.

Wolf says Thursday’s declaration will allow the state to get resources where they need to be quickly.

It comes hours after a blizzard watch was issued for southeastern parts of Pennsylvania from Friday night through Sunday morning.

Philadelphia could see up to 18 inches of snow, along with strong winds and blowing snow.

Some schools in Pittsburgh delayed opening Thursday because of snow on side streets and snow also dusted areas in the Poconos.

Pennsylvania’s Transportation Department has started treating major highways in anticipation of the weekend storm.

The looming storm is expected to bring heavy snow and winds from the Appalachians up to New York.

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