State crews gear up for foot or more of snow in many areas of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Much of southern Pennsylvania is expected to receive a foot or more of snow from an approaching winter storm as plowing crews and state troopers prepare to work overtime to clear highways and respond to emergencies.

Gov. Tom Wolf joined the heads of several state agencies at a Thursday news conference to describe the west-to-east path of the storm, which is expected to begin Friday night and end Sunday morning.

State meteorologist Jeff Jumper says accumulations over 12 inches are expected in the southern half of the state. He says the Gettysburg area and southeastern Pennsylvania are likely to see the most snow.

Winds of 15 to 25 mph are anticipated, accompanied by stronger gusts.

The state officials urged Pennsylvanians to take common-sense safety precautions and not to go outside during the storm if possible.

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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