Drivers asked to ‘stay off roads’ as whiteout conditions cause 250 crashes

Speed limits have been lowered to 45 m.p.h. statewide.

Pennsylvania authorities are cautioning drivers to keep off the roads as severe winter weather conditions have caused over 250 crashes in the central and western parts of the state.

As snow creates whiteout conditions and slippery roadways, PennDOT has shut down northbound I-83 from the Maryland border to Exit 38. Southbound I-83 is closed from Exit 36 to Exit 43. It isn’t clear when the interstate will reopen.

Numerous crashes have been also been reported on I-81.

Weather conditions have been deemed so dangerous that speed limits have been dropped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the Donegal Interchange at Exit 91 to the Valley Forge Interchange at Exit 326, the speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been reduced to 45 m.p.h.

PennDOT announced this afternoon that the speed limit has been reduced to 45 m.p.h. statewide.

Authorities in Montgomery County have reported more than 250 crashes and 350 disabled vehicles since noon today. Four inches of snow have already fallen on the area.

The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety is asking drivers to “please stay off the roads.”