Bad weather sneaks up on PennDOT

December 24, 2008 9:53:39 AM PST
So, what brought on all the bad road conditions this morning?

Just a thin coating of ice developed, but whether they were side streets or highways, the city or the suburbs, road crews had to play catch-up.

It's not quite a white Christmas. Instead it's an icy Christmas Eve that made life miserable for many people.

PennDOT says the problem is that the forecasted rains came 2 to 3 hours earlier than predicted.

"All the weather reports that we were getting," said Les Toaso of PennDOT, "we were supposed to get it between 2 to 3 o'clock in the morning. That's when we were calling out our crews, a little ahead of that time. It happened that this precipitation came earlier than expected and that's why we weren't out, you know, as quick as we could have."

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