Warmer weather the last few days has given rise to hopes that spring is on its way and it is, but first we have to get through at least one more winter storm.
On Tuesday, the National Weather Service was predicting a 70 percent chance of rain or snow that night, a 100 percent chance of snow today, 90 percent tonight and 20 percent Thursday. A winter storm warning was issued for 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. today with snow accumulations ranging from 5 to 10 inches.
The temperatures will be in the 30s, then falling to single digits tonight.
Road crews have been taking advantage of the break from cold temperatures and snow, fixing the worst of the damage to roadways.
Wes Hess, Warren/Forest Counties manager for PennDOT, said, "The recent break from snow has allowed our crews to patch many potholes and we hope this next event will not cause additional work so we can get ahead of the concern."
He said PennDOT has road salt on hand and will continue to provide a service. "The bottom line is PennDOT will be plowing and treating state roads to keep them passable when winter precipitation strikes and we'll be fixing potholes."
Kathleen Swartz, secretary for Conewango Township, said two loads of salt were delivered Monday.
Mike Holtz, director of the city's Public Works Department, said that although the city's salt supply is still low, "We still have a bit of material. We'll be all right."
"Because we've been battling more frequent storms this winter, we are spending our winter budget money at a faster rate than in recent years, but winter services will continue to be provided whenever snow or freezing precipitation falls in the region. We will adjust our general maintenance funds to handle future winter weather events as part of our normal process," Hess added. "Thanks to the recent passage of the new Transportation Funding Bill, once winter is over we will be resurfacing more roads and fixing more bridges starting this year."
"With Pennsylvania's aggressive freeze-thaw cycle we will always see potholes, but the funding bill will ensure that our forces and the private sector can reconstruct roadways on which we could previously only patch potholes," he concluded.