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Nuisance storms can be a drain on resources

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - As Mother Nature prepares to dump more winter weather in the Lehigh Valley, PennDOT said it has been busier this year than in years past. 

PennDOT’s Ron Young said road crews have already used 50,000 tons of road salt, almost as much as they used for all of last winter.

Young said right now road salt supplies are at three quarters capacity with more deliveries on the way.

Young said the smaller storms are more costly but says it's hard to compare one year to the next because Pennsylvania weather is so unpredictable.

“It's been a busy winter so far. We're not near to the end yet. Smaller storms use more material than bigger storms,” Young said.

Young said crews will be out prepping and clearing the roads but says drivers should be prepared for inclement conditions.

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