Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
Winter weather blankets North Penn region
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.