Philadelphia area prepares for Friday snow

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- With the upcoming snow event, timing will prove to be everything.

The major concern is driving into work and school on Friday morning and what the roads may look like at that point.

Leaving the PennDot Salt Yard in South Philadelphia Thursday morning, we found a road crew towing a large tank carrying 2,500 gallons of brine - a salt water mix - to pretreat the roads.

Fairmount Hardware has a stockpile of salt, shovels and ice-melt. Store Manager Andrew Siegel says that most people are already sufficiently stocked for any small storm.

But a few extra shoppers stopped in on Thursday.

"Sometimes with just a light dusting and some moisture larger pieces of ice that will fall off your car. So a lot of people come in for ice scrapers," said Siegel.

Although a light dusting may not mean a large headache for many, for those who use motorized wheelchairs, even a coating of snow means they could be homebound for the day.

Kim Heard of Wynnefield says her scooter can't contend with bad weather.

"The last one we had I think it snowed overnight two inches or something. I couldn't go nowhere," she said.

PennDOT crews say they are just getting started on their rounds of brining and will be out in force as the evening progresses and the storm nears.
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