HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – With the potential for snow this week, PennDOT is reminding motorists to be prepared and flexible while traveling to their holiday destinations.

PennDOT says crews are monitoring the forecast and they will be prepared to take on the wintry weather conditions. It says it is planning to extend shifts to ensure 24-hour coverage and crews will work through the holiday to clear any accumulation.

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“We all want to visit our friends and families this Thanksgiving, but I urge all motorists to be prepared for potential winter road conditions and consider altering travel if necessary,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “Our first priority should be to arrive safely, even if it takes more time to reach our destinations.”

PennDOT says all drivers should make sure their vehicle has an emergency kit with non-perishable food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, a cell phone charger and a snow shovel.

PennDOT has 714,000 tons of salt on hand to tackle the snowy conditions and it says it will continue to take salt deliveries throughout the season.

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Additionally, PennDOT says the more traffic a roadway has, the more attention it will receive from plows. Drivers may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and they should plan accordingly.

For more information, visit: www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

Drivers can also use the 511PA service, which updates motorists on the conditions of more than 40,000 roadway miles.

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