PennDOT issues travel restrictions due to winter storm

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are restricting traffic on highways throughout the area during the storm.

Commercial trucks were banned from interstates in the area starting at 5 p.m. Sunday evening.

At 7 p.m., trucks will not be allowed on the northeast extension of the turnpike either. Those restrictions are in place for the duration of the storm.

Officials from Pennsylvania Emergency Management, PennDOT, and the Turnpike Commission held a news conference on Sunday warning drivers of the dangers on the roads.

“Your goal today needs to be to safely reach your destination, not to safely reach your destination at any certain time. So, please adhere to the restrictions that are out there. We ask that if you see one lane open, it’ll probably be the right lane unless there is an incident, we ask that you only pass if you absolutely have to because if that lane isn’t touched, with the ice beneath it, that could be very very treacherous,” said Mark Compton, CEO of PA Turnpike.

For a full list of travel restrictions, visit 511 PA by clicking here.

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Canada urges avoiding non-essential travel to Ukraine due to ‘Russian aggression’

Jan 16 (Reuters) – The Canadian government is urging its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine, in a new advisory citing “Russian aggression.”

Moscow has stationed more than 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine, and the United States said on Friday it feared Russia was preparing a pretext to invade if diplomacy failed to meet its objectives. read more

“We have changed the risk level for Ukraine to avoid non-essential travel due to ongoing Russian aggression and military buildup in and around the country,” the Canadian government said in a travel advisory issued late Saturday.

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Canada, with a sizeable and politically influential population of Ukrainian descent, has taken a hard line with Russia since its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly is to visit Kyiv next week to reaffirm Canada’s support for Ukrainian sovereignty and reinforce efforts to deter “aggressive actions” by Russia, Ottawa said earlier. read more

Joly will meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and travel to the west of the country to speak to a 200-strong Canadian training mission that has been there since 2015.

Canadian Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Morgan and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke on Friday and pledged continued close coordination to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine and called for Russian de-escalation, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said on Saturday.

In an interview with Canadian broadcaster CBC published Sunday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described Russia as “the aggressor.” He told CBC News it was up to Russia to de-escalate and that NATO was willing to sit down again and listen to Moscow’s concerns.

Russia denies plans to attack Ukraine, but says it could take unspecified military action unless its demands – including a promise by the NATO alliance never to admit Kyiv – are met.

After talks between the United States, its European allies and Russia ended last week, U.S. officials warned that the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained high.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday and “emphasized that any military incursion into Ukraine would have serious consequences, including coordinated sanctions.”

Canada has imposed punitive measures on more than 440 individuals and entities over the annexation of Crimea.

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UConn vs. Providence postponed: Big East matchup will not be played Saturday due to COVID-19

Saturday’s scheduled Big East matchup featuring the No. 23 Providence Friars hosting the UConn Huskies has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Friars’ program. The game was originally scheduled to tip off 1t 2 p.m. ET and will the conference will attempt to make it up at a later date.

This is yet another marquee college basketball game that has been altered as the surge of the Omicron variant continues to change plans across the sport. Both teams are getting into the thick of Big East play and will have to re-adjust their respective schedules to account for the make-up date for this pivotal matchup.

UConn is coming off an 86-78 overtime victory over St. John’s on Wednesday and are next schedule to host Butler on Tuesday. Providence was last in action last Saturday when it toppled St. John’s in an 83-73 victory at home. The Friars are next scheduled to travel down to Seton Hall this upcoming Tuesday and that game may be affected if the COVID-19 issues within the program carries into the weekend.

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Michigan basketball’s game vs. Purdue postponed due to COVID protocols

The Michigan men’s basketball team has had another home matchup against a top-10 opponent put on ice due to COVID-19.

A day after Saturday’s rivalry game against No. 10 Michigan State was shelved, the Wolverines announced on Sunday that their next scheduled contest, against No. 3 Purdue on Tuesday, has also been postponed due to COVID protocols within the UM program.

Per Big Ten rules, at least seven scholarship players and one coach are required for a team to compete. Michigan dipped below that number after medical testing on Friday night, which led to the showdown against the Spartans being postponed roughly eight hours before its scheduled tip-off. According to a release from Michigan, the Wolverines would still fall under the roster minimum for Tuesday’s game against Purdue.

Michigan (7-6, 1-2 Big Ten) has been dealing with COVID-19 issues since returning from a Dec. 30 loss at Central Florida. After flying back to Ann Arbor on Dec. 31, several Wolverines tested positive for COVID, according to sophomore center Hunter Dickinson.

Four players — freshman guard Frankie Collins, sophomore forward Terrance Williams II, senior forward Brandon Johns Jr. and walk-on forward Jaron Faulds — and one staff member all missed Tuesday’s loss at Rutgers due to COVID protocols. Sophomore guard Zeb Jackson also didn’t travel for personal reasons.

As of Friday morning, Michigan had hoped to play Michigan State as planned. At least two of the four players had cleared COVID protocols and were expected to be available Saturday, according to a program spokesperson. But that all changed following Friday night’s round of testing, which produced an undisclosed amount of positive results.

“We’ve been figuring out ways to navigate through what we’ve been dealt with COVID and the COVID protocol,” coach Juwan Howard said of his team’s recent practices with a shorthanded roster. “We’re trying to stay afloat and stay ready.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s frustrating. But it’s frustrating for us all in the sports world and non-sports world.”

Under the Big Ten’s revised forfeiture policy, the conference reviews every game impacted by COVID and determines whether it can be rescheduled, declared a no contest or deemed a forfeit.

The policy states that a game can be postponed if a team doesn’t have a minimum number of competitors available (seven scholarship players). If a team has a COVID outbreak and the game can’t be made up, it’ll be considered a no contest. The Big Ten also said that a team can play with lower numbers if approved by medical personnel.

Michigan will work with the Big Ten office to find a makeup date for both games, which could be challenging. Purchased tickets to the postponed contests will still be valid “if and when the games are rescheduled,” according to Michigan’s release.

The Wolverines, as of now, are scheduled to return to action on Friday at Illinois. Barring any more schedule changes, Michigan will visit Michigan State (13-2, 4-0) on Jan. 29 and Purdue (13-2, 2-2) on Feb. 5.

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Flight delays, cancelations at TPA increase due to winter weather, COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The airline watchdog site FlightAware tracked more than 100 canceled or delayed flights at Tampa International Airport on Friday.

Suzanne Pendleton and her husband had their flight to Denver canceled.

“We are supposed to be caring for our grandchildren. We have an infant and a two-year-old and they’re counting on us to be there,” Pendleton said.

Dara Omahony and his family are depending on a series of flights to get home to Ireland.

“We’ve just come from Clearwater and we are due to fly back to Ireland and so we have a flight from here to Boston and then from Boston we are due to go to Dublin, but our flight now to Boston, we believe due to weather which is canceled or delayed until 3:00, which means we won’t get our second flight. The best-case scenario is we are going to be three hours later because there is another flight a little later on. The worst-case scenario is we are here another day and the kids might miss a little bit of school,” Omahony said.

Lori Judd is a travel professional with Prestige Travel Vacations and says people should reconsider using a travel agent.

“You can mitigate some of that difficulty by using a travel advisor to help mitigate the stress and changes and changing travel restrictions, because that’s what we do, we have to keep up with all of that,” said Judd who is also strongly urging people to purchase travel insurance before they go.

“That is going to help you, provide you with a different flight if that does happen, if you don’t have trip insurance then you are at the mercy of the airlines,” said Judd.

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UWSP men’s basketball’s New Year’s game canceled due to impending weather

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point men’s basketball New Year’s Day game scheduled against Benedictine has been canceled.

An impending winter storm in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois and consequent travel issues will not allow for Benedictine to travel on Saturday causing the cancelation.

The Pointers will return to play on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at UW-River Falls in WIAC play. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Northbound I-15 closed due to crash at milepost 60 in Cedar City – St George News

Traffic back-up on Interstate 15 in Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 29, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Traffic is at a complete standstill south of milepost 60 on northbound Interstate 15 in Cedar City.

Update 8:30 p.m. The crash was cleared as of Wednesday evening. See our full report about the incident here.

A rollover crash reported Wednesday at 4:41 p.m. prompted the closure.

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, the road is closed in the area of the crash and is expected to be cleared by 5:51 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route.

A Cedar City News reporter heading to the scene of the crash described the traffic situation as a complete standstill, with vehicles accumulating behind the incident.

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Nevada governor to declare emergency due to snow, storm conditions affecting travel in Lake Tahoe area

Gov. Steve Sisolak plans to declare a state of emergency due to snow and storm conditions affecting travel in the Lake Tahoe area of northern Nevada.

A statement released Tuesday night by Sisolak’s office said the emergency declaration will allow state officials to order vehicles traveling in on mountain highways to turn around and return to lower elevations until weather conditions subside and the roadways are safe to use.

“This will help prevent motorists from becoming stranded overnight on the roadways, potentially running out of gas in subfreezing temperatures without access to emergency services,” the statement said.

It said U.S. 50 and State Routes 207 and 28 were experiencing long delays and dangerous conditions and that authorities need to be able to clear the roadways to make room for emergency vehicles and snow plows.

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