STREETS DEPARTMENT URGES WINTER WEATHER CAUTION
PHILADELPHIA – The forecast for Philadelphia’s first snow event of the year is a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain. An accumulation of 1-3 inches of snow is expected. Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson announced that the Streets Department stands ready to tackle the wintry mix expected to begin late Friday evening into Saturday. In preparation, crews have been applying a brine solution to roads to prevent icing. Crews will be deployed throughout the city at midnight and will concentrate on treating primary roads, bridges and areas of high elevation where slippery spots develop. The Streets Department’s focus will be a salting operation since little accumulation of snow and low temperatures are expected.
Although little snow accumulation is expected citizens are urged to use caution. “Be mindful of black ice on the roadways which can be deceiving to the eye and appear as just moisture,” said Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson. “Even after the snow fall ends the roads could still have black ice on them.” Citizens are also reminded to remove snow and ice from sidewalks to allow safe traveling for pedestrians. Snow and ice can bond quickly to untreated pavements when the temperatures are at low levels. A clear sidewalk path of at least 36” wide is required within 6 hours of the end of a storm. For owners of properties located on the corner, the path must include curb cuts and not simply a path around the corner of the property.
Citizens are urged to employ the following tips for successful snow and ice management:
· Apply commercial de-icer to your stairs and sidewalks early to prevent icy conditions.
· Park your car as far from the corner as possible. Cars parked too close to the corner impede the turning radius of salting vehicles.
· Allow extra time while driving and maintain safe driving distances.
· Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights; State law requires removal of snow and ice from the hood and roof of vehicles.
· Check on sick and elderly neighbors.
· Stay tuned to local media for further updates for weather and traffic reports.
To report a street in need of treatment, call 3-1-1. You may also visit the Streets Department online at http://philadelphiastreets.com/transportation-highways-snow-intro.aspx
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