Preparing For the Storm

- More than 24 hours before the snow is expected to fall, and already, PennDot crews are on the interstates, spraying brine. The salt mixture that'll make early snow removal easier.  When it starts, give the plows at least six car lengths.. And don't pass them.

From its traffic management center. PennDot will watch area traffic conditions from 350 cameras.. 450 trucks will be clearing Pennsylvania state roads in the five county area.

“We have all our contractor trucks ready to go.this will be a full callout.  Well use all state and contractor trucks because of the magnitude  of the storm,” PennDOT said.

Many of the plows this year are equipped with the new Automated vehicle location system.. A souped up gps that allows dispatchers to know exactly where they are.. for quicker deployment to trouble spots.  They also allow you to see some of the plows locations in real time.

And the time to make sure your car is ready a big snowfall.  Finally, says this local plow operator, checking his tires' air pressure.

So, are we ready?

From Harrisburg--

“ I just a short time ago declared a state of emergency for Pennsylvania to ensure that state agencies can respond,” Gov. Wolf said.

The state is ready.

All agencies will be fully activated for emergencies by 8 o'clock Saturday morning.

Time to officially retrain the brain that it's winter.

If the storm does as predicted, PennDot's goal is to have the roads driveable by the Monday morning rush hour.

But between Friday night and then?

“I'm actually planning on staying home and getting things done. And making some soup and getting nice n cozy,” Renata Whitaker of Wynnewood said.




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