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Philly Preps for Tuesday Snow, Rain

Streets Department on-call for potential dicey Tuesday commute.

Although a mixture of snow and rain is projected, the City of Philadelphia prepped Monday for what could be a slick commute Tuesday morning.

The Street Department said city salt trucks prepared for an early deployment Tuesday morning to treat potentially slick roads roads. The projected wintry mix could leave some roads slippery during rush hour. The city said it planned to concentrate on  "primary roads, bridges and areas of high elevation where slippery spots develop, and will be monitoring for snow and icy conditions."

The National Weather Service predicts precipiation—in the form of rain and snow—between 4 and 8 a.m. Tuesday. In the morning, there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation, with less than 1 inch of snow projected.

In a news release, Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson said:

“Be mindful of black ice on the roadways which can be deceiving to the eye and appear as just moisture. Even after the snow mixture ends the roads could still have black ice on them.”

For a safe journey through the storm, the city advised people to:

  • Allow extra time while driving and maintain safe driving distances 
  • Use caution when navigating over bridges and overpasses where slippery spots may develop
  • Avoid sudden stops and starts 
  • Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights 
  • Use low beams during heavy or blowing snow 
  • Stay tuned to local media for further updates for weather and traffic reports. 

Additionally, citizens are urged to pretreat surfaces and apply de-icers early after any snowfall.

For more information, visit the city's website or contact the Streets Department’s Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560.

Alawishes J. Kornberg December 08, 2013 at 02:36 PM
The City did not salt Green lane as of 2:29pm. The City is giving out all good advice and deserves to be commended for that. owever they should salt Green Lane as driving on Green Lane is treacherous right now and driving conditions are vert dangerous on Green Lane. The City does give good advice to the citizens but the City can help by having a salt truck, salt Green Lane. After the storm there is going to be an article on what a good job the City did. However so far on Green lane no salt trucks have been seen. The most dangerous curves in the City are on Green lane. At one time this was a City priority to salt Green lane so far it does not look like a priority anymore.

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