HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike has lifted its travel restrictions with the exception of the northeastern extension.

Earlier, in light of the heavy snowfall, officials imposed reduced speed limits on nearly 300 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to the approaching winter storm.

Turnpike officials first imposed a 45 mph speed limit on the section from the Ohio line to the Blue Mountain/Kittatinny Tunnels.

Later, they extended that to include the stretch from the Blue Mountain Interchange to the Morgantown Interchange due to snowfall.

The 45 mph speed limit restriction was in place from the turnpike’s milepost 0 to milepost 298.

It will now only affect the northeastern extension, but will also expire by 8 p.m. Saturday.

No truck or trailer restrictions have been imposed at this point.

Drivers are being urged to stay a safe distance behind snowplows and plow trains.

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