Crews Prepare For Weekend Snowfall

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WILKES-BARRE -- This weekend's expected snowfall has both PennDOT and DPW crews around northeastern and central Pennsylvania getting their salt trucks and plows ready.

Weather conditions held up while crews worked to get all their equipment in place for this weekend's snowfall. They say despite the lack of snowfall so far this year, they are ready for whatever comes.

Whether it be just a dusting or some heavy accumulation, those who work to keep the roads free and clear of snow and ice are ready to head out once the snow starts to fall.

"This year we haven't had as much snow. Now keep in mind, if you have to go and plow two inches of snow off the road or plow 14 inches off the road it doesn't make a whole lot of difference for a plow," said PennDOT official James May.

PennDOT officials say they expect to start sending crews early to coat the roads. They used up some of their time on Friday to fill the salt trucks and make sure the plows are working properly.

"They came in to put the blades on. They will go home, sleep for a few hours, and come back in at midnight."

At the DPW in Wilkes-Barre, the scene looked the same. Crews there were also putting the final touches on their salt trucks and plows. Officials there say they will be sending out 12 drivers to take care of the Diamond City streets.

"When it starts snowing, we will be ready to go. We actually have our crew in place to come out at a certain time but if it starts out early, we will come as needed," said Ron Romanelli.

Officials with both PennDOT and the Wilkes-Barre DPW say the weather leading up to this snowfall actually gave them enough time to not only get the salt trucks and snow plows ready, but also focus on some other road work that needed to be done.

"One of the things about this storm is on a day like today, it's actually pretty nice weather out here. They were filling potholes this morning."

PennDOT crews want to remind drivers to drive for the conditions and you can check their mobile app 511PA to check the latest road conditions.

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