Truckers Bracing for the Winter Storm

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A winter storm is expected to hit Thursday afternoon. Many are trying to get ahead of the snow, ice, and sleet.

Up early, truck drivers fueled up at a truck stop in Luzerne County Thursday morning, then hit the highway.

They said they were hopeful an early start would save them from the worst of the storm.

"Trying to stay ahead of it, hopefully, get down there. I only have one delivery to make, make the delivery get back," said Ralph Symons of Edwardsville.

With destinations like New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Connecticut, drivers said they will pay close attention to the path of the storm during their journeys.

"Watching the forecast throughout the day, using any and all technology at my fingertips, looking at the sky, praying for the best! Whatever works,” said Jim Yelland of Plains Township.

Many drivers said they have been stranded on roadways in the past and know to prepare for that possibility.

“Just trying to get the truck ready, have some extra food on herein case I get stuck for when they clear the roads, water,” said Brian Kaplanski of Dallas.

“The key to the whole thing is safety thought and knowing when to pull the plug if things get too bad,” said Yelland.

Here's a little history: the greatest snowfall in 24 hours on record for November in our area was back on November 25, 1971, when 18 and a half inches fell.

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