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UPDATE: PennDOT has restored the speed limit on Interstate 80 in Mercer and Venango counties but urges motorists to continue to use caution while driving during winter weather.

OIL CITY — PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit on Interstate 80 in Mercer and Venango counties to 45 miles per hour, due to a winter weather advisory.

The National Weather Service issued a lake effect snow warning in Erie County, a winter weather advisory in Crawford County and a hazardous weather outlook warning for Venango and Forest counties. As of 5:17 p.m. Friday, the weather service had not directed any warnings for Mercer County.

Forecasts call for possible accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow, and 35 mph winds in Erie County. The warnings remain in place until 7 a.m. Saturday in Erie and Crawford counties and overnight Friday into Saturday in Venango and Forest counties.

The state transportation agency said it will restore normal speed limits when weather and roadway conditions allow.

Along with reducing the speed limit, PennDOT recommended motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. Though PennDOT crews are already treating the roadways, the roads will not be completely free of ice and snow while a winter storm is happening, the release states.

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