Skip to comments.Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Closing Southeast PA Interstates at 2 PM - Schuylkill Closed
Posted on 02/10/2010 12:28:57 PM PST by JoeProBono
HARRISBURG, Pa., - With travel conditions worsening dramatically in southeast Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell said the non-toll portions of four interstates will close at 2 p.m. today.
The Governor said the affected highways include the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), I-476, I-176, and I-676.
"Other than emergency responders, no one should be driving on Pennsylvania's highways today," Governor Rendell said. "This is a serious storm that will jeopardize the safety of anyone who attempts to travel."
Earlier today, the Governor announced the closure of I-81 from the Maryland border to I-80, and all of interstates 83 and 78. In addition, PA 581 has been closed in both directions.
Always wondered how you pronounce that. (well, not YOU personally).
Schuylkill = Skoo-kill
"Sure-kill Distressway" = Schuylkill Expressway
Grew up there, but left when the Army moved me to Seattle in ‘71. Decided to stay when I got out. We’re having an unusually warm winter combined with our usual wetness.
OK, I shall forever remember “Surekill”, if not the actual pronunciation lol
I guess the toll portions are safe?
These guys are nuts. We probably have a foot here in NJ about 90 miles north of Philly. My little street has been plowed, and there would be no reason to keep anyone off of it who knows what he is doing and has a car capable of driving in the snow. WTF is the Governor to decide that people cannot drive on the roads?
(About 30 years ago we had a storm here with at least twice as much snow and "life threatening conditions" according to the guys on the radio. I had ticket to an opera in NYC that I was really looking forward to. So I trudged to a bus stop and took a bus into NYC and a cab up to the Met. No problem. FTGov.)
Harrisburg PA Snow Scene, 1961
I can guarantee that Ed Rendell would NOT have been on that boat! A patriot he’s not!
That would be Sure Kill! At least that’s how I’ve always known it!! lol
> These guys are nuts.
We have well over 30” on the ground, with drifts as high as 6 feet. I am near the MD/PA border.
WED 2.10.2010 3:00 PM Update: The National Weather Service raised total storm accumulations for the Baltimore-Washington metro area to 20-30”. It appears the low pressure center off the New Jersey coast may be stalling, accessing unexpectedly higher amounts of moisture off the AltanticWe project that heavy snow may continue until at least 8:30 PM in MD/VA, near 12 AM in PA, and taper in early morning hours across NJ and NY. Previous snowfall projections remain for the next 3 hours, we will reassess by 5:00 PM.
Locals know it as the “sure-kill”.
I spent 8 hours trying to go the 20 miles on the Schuykill Expressway in a snow storm in ‘86. It was something, we got two feet of snow in that time and it was lightening and thundering. I have never seen lightening in a snow storm before or since. Back then there was only one exit in the middle at Conshohocken IIRC and it was lined with concrete barriers for the entire twenty miles. We used to call it the “luge run”.
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