PHILADELPHIA — Officials say there are pockets of stranded motorists in the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Allegheny Mountain Tunnel in Somerset County, and the National Guard has been called out.

Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo tells The Associated Press that he is aware of some of pockets of traffic, two to three miles in length, stuck on the turnpike in the western part of the state as a powerful winter storm moves through. He says some travelers have been stuck through the night.

He says the National Guard has been called out to help those stranded.

DeFebo says travel conditions on the turnpike are extremely hazardous and traffic is moving at a crawl in some sections.

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