PennDOT gives update on Monday’s winter storm and impact on vaccine distribution


The press conference was streamed live at 3 p.m.

(WKBN) – PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Melissa Batula and PEMA Director Randy Padfield held a press conference to give Pennsylvanians an update on their response to the winter storm Monday afternoon.

 Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency for the ongoing severe winter weather event impacting the commonwealth.

“We are in the middle of one of the most impactful statewide storms we’ve had in a long time,” said Batula. “This is truly an all-hands-on-deck situation, and our crews are working hard to keep roads safe and passable.”

They discussed how the winter weather is impacting the state’s plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

 “We are particularly concerned with shipment and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, so we appreciate citizens who are taking this storm seriously and staying off the roads because fewer vehicles means fewer incidents that could delay those operations,” said  PEMA Director Randy Padfield.

The full press conference is available in the video above.

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