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Winter Storm Causes Delays, Cancellations, Reduced Speeds

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Phoenixville snow by Jim Melwert

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The weather is causing travel delays at Philadelphia International and Lehigh Valley Airports.

Delays and cancellations have been reported at Lehigh Valley Airport, while PHL is reporting delays of up to three to four hours and roughly 200 cancellations due to weather and wind.

“You might have a snow storm in the mid-west and flights aren’t able to go into there, so it delays flights going out of Philadelphia. We’ve also had between the rain, some wind, that has affected us here in Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia International Airport spokesperson Victoria Lupica.

Both airports are advising customers to check with their airlines for flight status. Visit phl.org or call 1-800-745-4283 to check the status of PHL flights.

Across the country, airlines cancelled more than 1500 flights across the country on Wednesday, according to AirportAware.com.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has also taken a precaution by lowering its speed to 45 mph due to heavy snow and freezing rain.

The 45 mph speed limit includes nearly 300 miles of highway from Blue Mountain Interchange at exit 201 to Morgantown Interchange at exit 298.

Trucks pulling doubles or empty trailers have also been banned from the Turnpike from New Stanton at exit 75 to Breezewood at exit 161.

PennDOT has also reduced speeds to 45 mph for Interstates 78, 80, and 81.

Officials are asking that motorist stay far back from tow plows and do not attempt to pass these vehicles.

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