Oh, the weather out­side is fright­ful...

Win­ter weather blan­kets North Penn re­gion

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Michael Gold­berg mgold­berg@jour­nal­reg is­ter.com

hile area res­i­dents awoke Tues­day morn­ing to the first sig­nif­i­cant snowfall of this sea­son — parts of Mont­gomery County re­ceived 3 inches of the white stuff — Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion crews had al­ready spent 24 hours pre­par­ing for the win­ter storm.

Penn D2T trucks be­gan spray­ing a liq­uid salt so­lu­tion on area road­ways Mon­day morn­ing, leav­ing a salt residue to com­bat ac­cu­mu­la­tions. By 4 a.m. Tues­day, a fleet of 182 trucks, sup­ple­mented by 26 con­trac­tor trucks, was de­ployed to roads through­out the re­gion to deal with the storm, said Penn D2T spokesman Gene Blaum.

“We take ev­ery storm very se­ri­ously,” said Blaum, not­ing that the de­part­ment spends the warmer months dili­gently pre­par­ing for the win­try weather to come. “Dur­ing the spring and sum­mer all the equip­ment is up­dated, all the con­tracts are signed and all the nec­es­sary ma­te­ri­als are pre­pared, so we’re not caught off guard,” said Blaum.

The snowfall caused Mont­gomery Town­ship to de­clare a “snow emer­gency” just be­fore noon Tues­day, pro­hibit­ing on-street park­ing along des­ig­nated snow emer­gency routes in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate snow re­moval from town­ship roads. Lans­dale Bor­ough an­nounced its town hall meet­ing was can­celed due to Tues­day’s weather.

Through­out the county, it was mostly busi­ness as usual de­spite the slushy roads.

“For­tu­nately, there weren’t any prob­lems re­ported,” Blaum said Tues­day.

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