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Tackling and Riding Out Pre-Valentine's Day Snowstorm

As road conditions began to deteriorate on Thursday, some decided to wait out the latest winter wallop.

Taylor, Lackawanna County -- It's a scene that seems to repeat itself quite a bit this winter... the job of snow removal. A plow began clearing the Taylor Commons parking lot for Thursday shoppers. It may be among the biggest snow plows going but some smaller ones are called upon to get the job done, too. "We use it for just our own stuff. We have a car lot down in Old Forge and we clean that up and this winter we've been using it quite a bit," said Paul Bochon of Old Forge who fueled-up at the Turkey Hill in Taylor before he had to fix-up his storm-weary plow. "Actually, the blade just fell off of it, the tip of it right there. On the way down here it fell off," said Mr. Bochon. "We'll put it back on. They just go on real easy."

Bill Sembrot of Taylor also stopped to gas up before hitting the road. "I have to take my wife to work. Other than that, I'm staying home." Like many, he's fed up with what winter keeps dishing out. "I'd say this is a miserable mess, ha, ha, ha. I don't think I can stand much more of it myself."

By mid morning, Oak Street in Taylor had just a slushy coating along the road but despite the lack of accumulation early in the storm, some just weren't taking any chances and staying home. That's what home remodeler John Cox of Old Forge planned to do after a quick pit stop at the convenience store. "My boss said, you know, just stay safe. We'll try and go again tomorrow. He doesn't want... he doesn't want us out on the road, you know." Mr. Cox says he had a feeling that this winter would be worse than the past couple based on something a friend spotted last fall. "He said you know I saw a lot of acorns this year and I said we're going to have a rough winter. And normally that's a sign you get a lot of acorns it's going to be a rough winter." A rough winter that just won't quit.

PennDOT lowered the speed limit to 45 mph on Interstates 80, 81, 84 and 380 and planned to work around the clock plowing and treating the major interstate highways every two hours while tackling state-owned secondary roads every three hours. A Scranton DPW dispatcher told Eyewitness News that road crews would plow all day and into the night tackling first emergency routes, then hills and then side streets. DPW didn't plan to salt until after the storm ended.


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