DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — As we keep our eyes on the storm – PennDOT says it’s doing everything it can to prep the roads and remind drivers to stay safe during storms.

Eyewitness News drove through parts of Luzerne and Lackawanna counties to see how the roads are being treated.

In Dunmore Thursday morning PennDOT was working around the clock, gearing up for the storm. We tagged along with a plow truck driver to see how they operate in the elements.

Sherman Snyder hops into his PennDOT plow truck ready to get his shift started as an equipment operator a position he’s held for the last 18 years.

Snyder says in all his years of work, he’s noticed an uptick in aggressive driving such as speeding and vehicles trying to pass a plow truck, especially during severe weather.

“Try to be patient with us. You know, like a lot of people, they get frustrated because we’re in front of them or we’re not going fast enough and they’ll start beeping.”

Snyder’s one of the dozens of PennDOT operators preparing the roads for Thursday’s winter storm.

Crews have been anti-icing with brine and putting down salt.

Acting maintenance services engineer Loni Shalkowski says they monitor the forecast and road conditions in real time a tech feature also used in plow trucks.

“They can monitor the road and air temperatures and change treatments as they go. The main factors here for what winter materials we will be placing, definitely depend on the temperature and traffic volumes.”

She says as the storm progresses its main priority is safety for its workers and other drivers on the road.

“We recommend that you don’t travel if you don’t have to, but if you do then just make sure you give yourself enough time to get where you need to be and please stay far away from the plows, you know if you can.”

For the latest in road conditions, head to 511pa.com .