Successive storms are set to buffet Warren County this week making it clear winter has begun in earnest.
The National Weather Service is calling for snowfall to begin Tuesday night and into Wednesday bringing between one and three inches overnight. On Wednesday, an additional accumulation of one to two inches is expected with snowfall continuing into Wednesday night and bringing an additional one to three inches. Through all this, temperatures are expected to remain frigid with highs in the teens and 20s and wind chills as low as minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, later in the week snowfall is expected to become more active.
Flow across Lake Erie is expected to keep heavy snows near or above the New York border through Wednesday night, but lake-effect snow accumulations of up to six inches at a time are possible later in the week.
With the first prolonged onslaught of winter weather imminent, PennDOT Maintenance Manager for Warren County Wes Hess says the department is ready and waiting.
"This first blow, the forecast is calling for one to three inches," Hess said. "One to three inches of snow is a typical event for us and it's pretty much business as usual. Up in Erie, they're expecting much more significant snowfall."
Hess noted PennDOT District 1 personnel met Tuesday. District 1 encompasses Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Forest and Warren counties.
"We met at our district offices today to gauge situational readiness," he said. "We did review all of our equipment, supplies and manpower. Other counties, in the south of the district, have received several feet of snowfall already this year. We work together with the other counties in the district to move resources around as needed."
Hess said county workers are slated to work on a two-shift schedule, but hours can be adjusted as needed.
"We're manned from four in the morning until eight at night," he noted. "Depending on when a storm hits, we'll call our guys in early or have them stay late. We're ready to go."