Area prepares for snow; no Philadelphia trash pickup Tuesday

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PennDOT is preparing for another winter storm. (WPVI)

Crews are preparing for more snow in the forecast.

The Philadelphia Streets Department will dispatch a number of vehicles to salt and plow streets beginning around midnight Tuesday.

"This may not be on the scale of last month's blizzard, but we are treating this as a full-scale event," Clarena Tolson, Deputy Managing Director for Infrastructure and Transportation, said in a statement. "We want to make sure we're out there ahead of the storm."

Tolson said the salting and plowing will continue throughout the day Tuesday as the snowfall continues.

However, officials say no snow emergency declaration is planned at this point.

Because of the deployment, however, all regular trash collection for Tuesday, February 9, is canceled. Those residents are asked to hold their trash until next week.

Meanwhile, 16 PennDOT trucks have spent the day spreading anti-icing agent on roads all across the region.

More than 280 plows are at the ready for when the snow starts to accumulate.

"All of our salts in place. We have 106,000 tons of salt for the storm and we're ready to roll," John Krafczyk of PennDOT said.

PennDOT officials say their plow fleet will be ready to go starting midnight Tuesday.

And they fully expect to remain on the roads through the Tuesday evening commute.

Meanwhile, we spoke with folks in Norristown who say the snow is OK as long as we don't have a repeat of last month's blizzard.

"That last storm hurt us here in Norristown. We struggled for a couple days to get out of it. I don't know if the municipality could handle it or not, but they were struggling," resident Steve Lindsay said.

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