- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Yet another round of winter weather in Pennsylvania has prompted flight cancellations and delays, speed reductions on highways and the Pennsylvania turnpike and early dismissal of some school classes - but officials are already focusing on a larger storm expected later in the week.

Officials said airlines have canceled more than 20 percent of the flights into and out of Philadelphia International Airport, and several hundred have been delayed.

Turnpike officials said speed limits have been reduced to 45 mph from the Blue Mountain Interchange to the Delaware River bridge next to New Jersey and on the Northeast Extension.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said similar reductions to 45 mph have also been instituted on a number of highways. PennDOT said freezing rain and sleet had been reported and urged drivers to be careful, leaving extra time and keeping their lights on so other drivers could see them - and slow down if conditions make that advisable.

Several school districts in the Lehigh Valley announced early dismissal of classes on Tuesday with snow and ice expected.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm watch for much of the commonwealth, with 6 to 8 inches of snow expected Wednesday night into Thursday for southern areas of the commonwealth and lesser amounts expected to the north.

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