PEMA meteorologist advises what to do if caught in a snow squall

A Pennsylvania Emergency Administration Company meteorologist is urging everybody to usually examine climate updates when snow squalls are within the forecast.

Officers mentioned a snow squall led to an enormous, lethal pileup on Interstate 81 in Foster Township, Schuylkill County, on Monday, about 10 miles west of Pottsville.   

The coroner says three individuals had been killed, and police report two dozen individuals had been injured. 

This snow squall comes a bit greater than a month after dozens of autos collided in a pileup on I-81 about 25 miles north in Kline Township.

Francisco Diaz, one of many drivers in Monday’s pileup, says he was in a position to keep away from crashing into any autos, as an alternative he hit timber. Diaz mentioned his accidents are minor.

“Moreover the day being chilly, it was very good,” Diaz mentioned, “however rapidly, the snow got here closely.” 

These are situations PEMA Meteorologist Jeff Jumper says come on shortly however do not final very lengthy.

“These snow squalls are harmful as a result of not solely do you get the whiteout situations and the blizzard-like situations,” Jumper mentioned, “you are going from clear journey the place you are doing 60, 70 miles per hour into an space the place you are lowered visibility.”

On prime of that, Jumper says you are coping with below-freezing temps, making it simple for snow to shortly pileup and roadways to change into icy.

“If a few vehicles begin to have issues as extra autos come from the bottom of it, you find yourself with a pileup,” he mentioned.

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In the event you’re caught in a snow squall, Jumper says to decelerate, not slam on the breaks, flip in your headlights and keep within the lane.

In the event you crash and get out of your automobile, he recommends getting as far-off from the accident as attainable, off the roadway and away out of your car.

“Trigger assume, there’s different drivers coming at a excessive pace behind you that might trigger some points,” he mentioned.

Jumper says in case you’re on a freeway throughout a snow squall, get off on the nearest exit in case you can. Nevertheless, he says it is best to keep away from driving completely if a snow squall is within the forecast.