PennDOT prepares for 2nd round of snow to slow travel

Posted: 5:53 PM EST Dec 09, 2013

PennDOT crews are gearing up for the region's second bout of wintry weather in recent days.

"As with all storms, our crews prepare ahead of time," said Ron Young, a spokesman for PennDOT's District 5.

As was the case Sunday, crews will be patrolling 24/7, working in 12-hour shifts. Yet this time, Young told 69 News he expects most of the work will involve snow plowing.

"As the result of yesterday's [Sunday's] event, there should be enough residual materials, basically salt or melted salt, that we don't need to pre-treat."

Young said crews began salting roads Sunday as soon as the precipitation began. Pre-treating was dismissed due to rain predictions.

"When that occurs, if you put down salt on the road, the rain could wash it away and it wouldn't be doing what it's supposed to be doing, and you'd be wasting materials," Young said.

Young predicted travel will run more smoothly Tuesday than Sunday when the region was plagued with pileup accidents.

"But we don't want people to have a false sense of security traveling out there. It could be slick in some spots," Young said.

PennDOT urges drivers to exercise caution in an effort to avoid collisions. Young said keeping extra distance between cars is critical.

"It makes a very big difference in terms of your stopping ability because your stopping distance is significantly impacted on wet or icy surfaces, versus on a clear, dry day," said Young, who encourages drivers to stay approximately six car-lengths behind other cars.