Winter storm brings snow, sleet and rain to Northeast Pa.

Jan. 24—Winter weather will put rock salt and snow tires to the test Wednesday.

The Scranton area can expect total accumulations of snow or a snow and sleet mix of 4 to 6 inches, with lesser amounts farther south, before the precipitation transitions to all rain later in the day, AccuWeather meteorologist Bob Larson said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Lackawanna County and the rest of the region from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Larson said the storm will most likely arrive as snow, with a little sleet mixed in, sometime after 8 a.m.

People probably won't wake up to snowflakes, he said, but things could start getting dicey toward the end of the morning commute or soon after.

"Roads will turn very slippery and travel conditions will deteriorate," Larson said.

The snow or snow-sleet mix will continue to fall, possibly heavy at times, into the early to mid-afternoon before the full change over to rain happens sometime before 6 p.m., he said. The rain, which also could be heavy, will continue into the evening before trailing off by midnight.

With the storm bearing down, drivers should expect restrictions on area interstates Wednesday, the state Department of Transportation said.

At noon, several types of vehicles will be barred from driving on Interstate 80 from I-180 to the New Jersey border, I-81 from I-78 to the New York border, the entire lengths of I-84 and I-380, and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from I-78 to I-81, PennDOT said.

Those vehicles restricted include tractors without trailers and those with unloaded or lightly loaded trailers, passenger vehicles towing trailers, recreational vehicles, school buses, commercial buses and motorcycles.

PennDOT urged drivers to avoid traveling if possible. Otherwise, drivers should go slow and pay attention changing conditions.

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