By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Governor Tom Wolf has signed a disaster proclamation in anticipation of the incoming snowstorm.
4 to 7 inches of snow is expected in much of the Pittsburgh area, although NWS Pittsburgh is forecasting 5 to 8 inches in some parts of the northwest, southwest and western Pennsylvania under a winter storm warning.
Some parts of the state could get as much as two feet of snow, the governor’s office says.
In our region, the proclamation includes counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.
The snow is of particular concern with the spread of the COVID-19 vaccine ongoing in Pennsylvania. The state received over 97,500 doses to go to 87 hospitals.
Governor Tom Wolf and several state agencies held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to say the state was prepared for winter weather.
“Every agency that is involved in preparing for winter weather is helping to ensure that vaccine distribution goes smoothly and safely in the days ahead,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Our team is ready to work together to resolve any problems encountered with the transportation and distribution of vaccines.”
PEMA and the Ministry of Health are working together to assess the impact of the storm on vaccine distribution.
“With this information, our agency can coordinate with other state agencies, the National Guard, the county or local governments, or other stakeholders as needed to provide assistance to ensure the vaccine reaches its destination,” said the PEMA- Director Randy Padfield.
Governor Wolf says they will only make changes to the virus distribution schedule if the weather forces their hand.
The governor says staying home will help everyone weather the storm.
State Police say the most important thing people can do to protect themselves and first responders is to stay home and not travel during or immediately after the storm.