Wolf Declares State Of Emergency As Weekend Storm Approaches

Jan 21, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency Thursday, as a storm is expected to bring a significant amount of snowfall to the state.
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As Pittsburgh continues to wait and see how bad the expected weekend storm will be, Gov. Tom Wolf has declared a state of emergency for Pennsylvania.

“Declaring a state of emergency allows the commonwealth to deliver state resources wherever they’re needed as quickly as possible,” said Wolf in a written statement. “We have multiple state agencies working at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to monitor weather conditions across the state and we will respond to help local governments and residents in need.”

 

The state of emergency was declared with the southeast and south central parts of the state in mind; Philadelphia is expected to get up to 18 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday.

Locally, the National Weather Service said it expects 3 to 6 inches of snow in Allegheny, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Parts of Greene and Fayette counties, as well as the Westmoreland ridges could see closer to 7 to 11 inches.

Some schools in Pittsburgh delayed opening Thursday because of snow on side streets. Snow also dusted some areas in the Poconos.

Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation is 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.