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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through 7 a.m. Wednesday, with a forecast of 5 to 8 inches of snow for Mercer County.

This would be the season’s second snowfall with accumulation, after a storm Nov. 16 left a small amount of snow that lingered for about a day before melting.

Reports from the National Weather Service indicate that the storm was expected to start about 1 a.m. today, with snow and ice affecting travel, including on state roads and interstate highways.

PennDOT officials from District 1 — which covers Mercer, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Venango and Warren counties — said the agency is prepared, with crews working 24 hours and sufficient snow treatment materials.

“Planning is a major component of roadway maintenance at PennDOT. We keep a close eye of the weather, have contingency plans determined in advance of storms, and track our material levels consistently,” said Douglas Schofield, PennDOT District 1 assistant executive for maintenance. “That preparation means crews are ready to meet our goal of keeping the roads safe and passable.”

Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply throughout the district, the agency said. PennDOT said plow trucks and other equipment are ready, and crews will work around the clock, as needed, to respond to winter weather as it occurs.

PennDOT urges drivers to also prepare for possible winter weather, use caution while driving, and avoid travel during serve winter weather conditions.


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