State College Borough Prepares for Winter Storm
With a winter storm expected to move through the area tonight and early Saturday, State college is preparing for the worst.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for State College effective from 1 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday. The forecast calls for rain changing to sleet and then snow with accumulations of two to four inches.
Eric Brooks, operations manager with the State College Borough Public Works Department, says the borough has a crew on stand-by to salt the roads if and when the ice comes. The borough will be loading the trucks with salt at about 3 p.m.
"Basically we'll go on a call out basis from the [State College] police department," Brooks says . "Once a police officer has determined that a road has gotten slick, they'll page our on call supervisor and dispatch our crews."
Brooks says the borough will have a team of six ready to salt roads. If there is enough snow that plows are needed, as many as 12 to 24 people may have to be out on the roads clearing the way for drivers.
"If it comes down in a mix [of snow and ice] smaller of an inch or so, we'll stick with the salt crew," Brooks says. "If it exceed that with two or three or four inches, we'll move to plow removal."
Brooks warns people to watch out for black ice, as it is often one of the more hazardous of road conditions. He says even if the road does look just wet from rain, drive with caution as it may actually be ice.