Philly's first snowfall, November 15, 2018

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Philly region copes with first snowfall of the season

November 15, 2018 - 1:46 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — PennDOT crews were out in force to battle the first major storm of the season. Before the snow began falling Thursday morning, crews and their trucks were already parked on the side of the roads in Chester County. When the first flakes began to fly, they rolled out.

It didn’t take long for the storm to explode with the big, fluffy snowflakes we're using to see in December and January. The region quickly became a winter wonderland with accumulations on lawns and parking lots, eventually, and then on the roads.

John Krafczyk, PennDOT maintenance manager for the five-county Philadelphia region, says this storm prompted supervisors to order an all-hands-on-deck response.

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"We are currently at a full callout for all our state, our department-owned trucks," he said. "We also have a prepared number of rental trucks out with us to assist us with this storm. And we have a fleet of rental trucks on call that can be brought up at any time if needed."

Krafczyk said PennDOT also has plenty of salt on hand for crews, and trucks are equipped with plows to clear any accumulating snow or ice.

He said the salt and plow truck drivers need cooperation from drivers.

"Please remember: Do not pass our snow plows," he said. "Our plow widths are wider than the trucks, sometimes not as visible, depending on how heavy it’s snowing. So when you pass one of our plow trucks that is activity plowing, you risk the chance of clipping the edge of our plow.” 

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Snow is mixing with sleet in areas north and west of Doylestown in Bucks County, and many roads have iced up under the snow, making driving dicey, even treacherous. People in the area said they have seen long lines of traffic becasue of accidents and there are many reports of spinouts.

PennDOT's Krafczyk said the agency is looking for extra drivers with commercial drivers licences, mechanics, and even radio dispatchers for the season.

He says anyone interested can apply online at employee.pa.gov

Snow Totals:

According to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, lelow are the areas in each county with the most snow.

PHILADELPHIA: 3.0 inches (2.5 inches at the airport)
MONTGOMERY COUNTY: 5 plus inches in King of Prussia, Pottstown, Perkiomen Township
DELAWARE COUNTY: 4.7 inches Chadds Ford
CHESTER COUNTY: 5 plus inches in Malvern, Glenmore and Elverson
BUCKS COUNTY: 8.5 inches in Springtown
 

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KYW Newsradio's Mark Abrams and Paul Kurtz contributed to this report.

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