Items filtered by date: Monday, 13 March 2017

Delays and Closings

Evening School Activities Cancelled

Clarion Limestone Area School District

Fort LeBoeuf Area School District

Forest Area School District

Warren Area School District

Wattsburg Area School District


School Districts Closed










St. Marys


Colleges Closed


Clarion University 

Penn State DuBois


Vehicle and Speed Storm Restrictions Lifted on Some Pennsylvania Interstates


Harrisburg, PA – With the widespread winter storm impacting the state beginning to ease, Pennsylvania has lifted the vehicle and speed restrictions on Interstates west of Interstate 81.


Impacted are Interstates 70, 99, 76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike) between Bedford and Carlisle and 80 between Interstate 99 and Interstate 81.


Vehicle and speed restrictions remain in place on Interstates east of Interstate 81. They are Interstates 80, 81, 83, 84, 176, 283, 380 and 476 and all non-interstate expressways. Speed limits are reduced to 45 mph and the affected interstates are closed to tandem trailers, empty trailers, buses, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and towed trailers.


Restrictions on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) will be lifted from the Bedford Interchange (Exit 146) east to the Carlisle Interchange (Exit 226).  All other speed and trailer restrictions will stay in place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike system east of the Carlisle Exit.


Interstate 84 remains closed to all trucks since New York has closed that interstate within its borders.


The storm continues to impact the entire Northeastern section of the nation and especially northeastern Pennsylvania so drivers need to continue to exercise caution.


During a storm, PennDOT’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear. Also, higher volume roads take priority.


Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 cameras.


511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit





Winter Weather Advisory

National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA
1137 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017

Including the cities of Sharon, Hermitage, Grove City, Oil City,
Franklin, and Tionesta
1137 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017


The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow...which is in effect until 8 PM EDT
Wednesday. The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled.


* TIMING...Snow will become more showery in nature later this
  afternoon, with snow showers continuing through Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Periods of moderate snow may cause untreated surfaces
  to become snow covered and slick.

* WINDS...Northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow
covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while

Please report snowfall by calling 412-262-1988, posting to the
NWS Pittsburgh Facebook page, or using Twitter @NWSPITTSBURGH




Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA
1139 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017

Garrett-Mercer-Venango-Forest-Westmoreland Ridges-Fayette Ridges-
Ridges of Eastern Monongalia and Northwestern Preston-Preston-
Eastern Preston-Western Tucker-Eastern Tucker-
1139 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017


This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for western Maryland, northwest
Pennsylvania, southwest Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

.DAY ONE...This Afternoon and Tonight.

Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to on the
Internet for more information about the following hazards.

   Winter Weather Advisory.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Wednesday through Monday.

Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to on the
Internet for more information about the following hazards.

   Winter Weather Advisory.


Weather spotters are encouraged to report significant weather
 conditions according to Standard Operating Procedures.


Winter Storm Warning

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
1253 PM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017


.Lake and terrain enhanced snow will continue this afternoon.
Several lake effect snow bands will develop tonight and continue
into Wednesday morning. Very heavy snow is possible within these
bands, and they may extend well into the secondary snowbelt.
These bands will be very narrow in nature, so not everyone will
be affected equally.

Strong and gusty northerly winds will cause areas of blowing and
drifting snow.

Lorain-Cuyahoga-Lake-Geauga-Ashtabula Inland-Ashtabula Lakeshore-
Northern Erie-Southern Erie-Crawford-
Including the cities of Lorain, Cleveland, Mentor, Chardon,
Jefferson, Ashtabula, Erie, Edinboro, and Meadville
1253 PM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017


* Accumulations/Timing...1 to locally 4 inches of additional snow
  through early this evening. An additional 4 to locally 7 inches
  of snow tonight into Wednesday. Locally higher amounts are
possible where lake-effect snow bands persist.

* Impacts...Difficult driving conditions with reduced visibility
  and snow covered roads. Blowing and drifting snow will

* Winds...North 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* Temperatures...12 to 25.


A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow is issued when severe
winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant
amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.
Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra water in your vehicle in case of an




Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
1256 PM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017

Lorain-Cuyahoga-Lake-Geauga-Ashtabula Inland-Medina-Summit-Portage-
Ashtabula Lakeshore-Northern Erie-Southern Erie-Crawford-
1256 PM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017


This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for north central Ohio, northeast
Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.

.DAY ONE...This Afternoon and Tonight.

Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to on the
Internet for more information about the following hazards.

   Winter Storm Warning.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Wednesday through Monday.

Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to on the
Internet for more information about the following hazards.

   Winter Storm Warning.


Spotter activation is not expected at this time.




Governor Wolf Announces Emergency Proclamation, Travel Restrictions Ahead of Winter Storm

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, Monday, signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in anticipation of a significant winter snowstorm impacting the state through late Tuesday, and announced PennDOT and the Turnpike will restrict speeds on interstates and some large commercial vehicular travel. Governor Wolf also says PennDOT will strategically deploy additional assets to areas expected to be hardest hit by the storm, including the Northeast, Poconos and Lehigh Valley.  

This proclamation is not a ‘state of emergency,’ as it does not prohibit vehicular travel on commonwealth roads, but motorists are strongly encouraged to delay all unnecessary travel and heed local road closures that may be in place. A proclamation ensures emergency resources can be procured as needed and increases protections for consumers from price-gouging.To help PennDOT and PA Turnpike crews get the optimum access to the interstates and expressways during the storm, beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, these restrictions will be in place on all interstates and expressways east of Interstate 99 and including Interstate 99: 

·  45 mph speed limit

·  Ban on tandem truck trailers, empty trailers, towed trailers, buses, recreational vehicles and motorcycles.

 The Turnpike will have the same restrictions beginning at 10 p.m. Monday from the Bedford Interchange east to NJ and on the entire Northeastern extension.

 PennDOT is also cancelling all superload permits for movement on Tuesday.


PennDOT has 4,800 equipment operators, more than 2,000 plow trucks, 49 snow blowers. All of PennDOT’s 11 regions will go on round-the-clock duty beginning Monday evening. PennDOT’s goal is to keep roadways passable and interstates and expressways take priority over lower volume routes. PennDOT will also be redeploying assets to eastern Pennsylvania, where the brunt of the storm is forecast to hit.  From northwest Pennsylvania a team was dispatched  to the Scranton area. 

Proclamation of Disaster Emergency Impacts 

The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation. The time-consuming bidding and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.  

In addition, the proclamation authorizes the Department of Transportation to waive regulations related to drivers of commercial vehicles in order to ensure the timely movement of commodities, particularly food and home heating fuel.  

It also provides consumer protections against price gouging by prohibiting companies from charging a price for consumer goods or services that exceeds 20 percent of the average price that the consumer goods or services were sold for in the 7 days preceding the effective date of the Governor’s proclamation.     

In the event travel is absolutely necessary, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting PennDOT's Automated VehicleLocator plow tracking tool is available for all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks, with vehicle locations viewable on 511PA.


PennDOT’s Northwestern District Supports Eastern Region in Pending Storm

O Oil City – Mobile equipment teams from PennDOT’s northwestern region are headed out to provide support to the eastern Pennsylvania area that is expected to take the brunt of this week’s anticipated winter storm.

·         On Monday, equipment operators, supervisors and plow trucks from Erie and Crawford counties in District 1 were mobilized to leave for Pike County in PennDOT District 4, where they expect to help keep Interstate 84 safe and passable during the impending storm.

·         Mobile equipment teams are organized throughout the state. Team members can be mobilized and dispatched quickly to help other PennDOT regions deal with large-scale emergencies.

·         Erie County’s mobile equipment team consists of three trucks, six operators, one highway foreman and an assistant county maintenance manager. The team from Crawford County consists of two trucks, four operators and one highway foreman.Meanwhile, District 1 has adequate resources and is prepared for the snowfall expected in northwestern Pennsylvania. Trucks and other equipment are ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep the roads safe and passable.

·          Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths --- when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.


·         PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.


PUC Offers Safety Tips for Winter Storm ‘Stella’; Reminds Residents to Prepare, Report Outages and Consider Safety

  • HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reminds us  preparation and awareness are essential parts of winter storm safety. The Commission also offered a series of pre-storm and utility emergency tips as winter storm Stella approaches, along with a short video featuring storm safety information.

    Should you lose power during a storm, the PUC offers the following tips:

    • Call your utility hotlines. Do not assume that the utility already knows about your outage or that neighbors have already called.
    • Use a phone that does not require electricity, such as a cellular phone or corded phone. Cordless phones won’t work without electricity.
    • Do NOT call 9-1-1 to report power outages. Those calls take dispatchers away from other emergencies and can also slow a storm response because you're not talking directly to the utility.
    • SPECIAL NOTE: If you have a downed power line or another hazardous situation, call 9-1-1 and then contact your utility.
  • Do NOT touch or get near any fallen lines, and stay away from objects or puddles in contact with downed power lines.
  • Do NOT try to remove trees or limbs from power lines.
  • Turn off lights and electrical appliances (except for the refrigerator and freezer). When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment.
  • After you turn the lights off, turn one lamp on so you will know when power is restored. Wait at least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.
  • Use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns for emergency lighting. Do not use candles or other potential fire hazards.
  • If you use a generator, do NOT run it inside a home or garage. Also, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator, not your home's electrical system, which could shock or injure utility crews working on nearby power lines. Additional generator tips are available here.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and those with special needs who might need additional assistance. 

Consumers using natural gas appliances should also follow these additional safety tips:


  • Keep outside vents for your natural gas furnace or other gas appliances clear any accumulation of snow or ice. The vents provide air flow necessary for safe operation and blocked vents can lead to a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Carefully clear deep snow away from the area around your gas meter to allow utility access and to prevent potential disruptions of service, but keep snow blowers and plows away from the gas meter.
  • Electric power outages can affect gas furnaces and other appliances. If they do not function properly when power is restored call a professional for service.
  • If you smell natural gas, get everyone out of the building immediately. Leave the door open and do NOT use phones, switch lights or turn appliances on or off, or take any other action while inside the building. After you are safely outside, call 9-1-1 from your cell phone or neighbor’s home. 

Active Aging, Inc.’s Matter of Balance

·          Meadville, PA – Active Aging, Inc. is offering a free class for individuals over the age of 60 to manage falls and increase activity levels.          

·         Active Aging, Inc. Lakeland Valley Center classes will be every Wednesday, beginning March 15th through May 3rd and classes will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Materials will be provided.          

·         Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities, and that does not have to.  



·         About Active Aging, Inc.

Active Aging, Inc. is Crawford County’s Area Agency on Aging through the state of Pennsylvania. Since being founded in 1974, Active Aging, Inc. strives to provide services to enhance the quality of life to their consumers who are 60 years of age or older and reside in Crawford County. Active Aging, Inc. provides in home quality services to ensure quality living, as well  as five local centers that provide social and educational hands on opportunities as well as health and wellness with classes. 


Speeding Ticket in Vernon Twp Results in Marijuana Possession Charges

Eighty two miles per hour will get you pulled over by a state trooper, especially on an interstate highway.  And that's what happened to a 26 year old Pittsburgh woman Monday afternoon in Vernon Township along Interstate 79 at mile marker 148.  Police say at shortly after 2:15 pm, they pulled over a vehicle driven by Elizabeth Marie Belczyk.  The troopers report they detected an odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle and after a brief interview learned from the woman, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, that there was marijuana and paraphernalia in the spare tire compartment inside the trunk of her vehicle.  The vehicle was searched and the troopers found a small amount of marijuana and several items of paraphernalia which were seized from the location in the trunk.  The investigation is continuing.  


Conneaut Lake Burglar(s) Surprised

Imagine.  Just what you don't want to see when you return home.  Someone you don't know in your home rummaging in through your stuff in your bedroom.  Well the Meadville State Police are investigating just such a case at a Hayfield Township home, near Conneaut Lake.  The troopers say the incident happened

Monday morning at home along McCarthy Road near Conneaut Lake.  At shortly after 10 am a resident of the home returned from running errands.  Police report upon entering the front door of the home, the victim saw an unknown male in the master bedroom on the main floor.  The victim tried to leave quietly to get away and call police and did not confront the person in the bedroom.  As the victim started walk back out the front door, the family dog began to bark, alarming the alleged burglar.  Upon getting into a vehicle to leave, the victim saw a large male wearing jeans and a possibly grey vest with long sleeve shirt getting into a vehicle already occupied by another individual.  Police after the victim left the property, the unknown persons left in an unknown direction. 


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Meadville state police at 814-332-6911.  

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