Pocono weather: Restrictions on regional highways in NJ, PA lifted Sunday

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As of 4 p.m. Sunday, all highway restrictions in the Poconos were lifted.

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Regional highways such as interstates 78, 80, 380 and 84 were impacted by a winter storm on the east coast, resulting in reduced speed limits and other restrictions throughout the weekend.

While the Poconos saw less snow than other parts of the mid-Atlantic, the region endured bitter cold and high winds.

According to meteorologist and Pocono weather expert Benjamin Gelber, Mount Pocono had a gust from the northwest of 49 mph early Saturday afternoon after a 3-inch snowfall, accompanied by frigid single-digit temperatures and a minimum wind chill of -19 degrees (airport measurement).

Snowfall in the Poconos ranged from 1.4 inches at Stroudsburg to 2.5 inches at Pocono Pines and Milford, and 3.5 inches at Mount Pocono.

A PennDOT traffic camera view Saturday, Jan. 30, of Route 80 at PA 33 in Bartonsville, Monroe County.
A PennDOT traffic camera view Saturday, Jan. 30, of Route 80 at PA 33 in Bartonsville, Monroe County.

Areas like Lehighton in Carbon County saw 1 inch.

"Interestingly, Bangor had 4 inches and Nazareth 5 inches." Gelber said. "The sharp back edge was also evident in Lehigh Co., much like western Monroe Co., from 1.6 inches at Lehigh Valley International to 4.5 inches in Allentown city.

Areas adjacent to the Poconos in Pennsylvania saw much greater snowfall.

In New York City, totals ranged from 5.8 inches to more than a foot in Queens. Islip, Long Island saw 22.4 inches. East of I-95: Bay City, NJ saw 21 inches while Atlantic City saw 16.

In New England, Pembroke, MA saw 26 inches with gusts up to 81 mph on the Massachusetts coast line.

Motorists traveling in the Poconos area of Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey are encouraged to check PennDOT's traffic information website 511pa.com, as well as NJDOT's 511nj.org for real-time travel information.

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