EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — The first winter storm of the season is moving away from the area and the wintry mix made for some travel challenges.

It was also the first test of the season for area road crews, which, by all accounts, were ready to go with manpower and supplies. But what about future storms which are to take place?

On Interstate 81 near Exit 15, by the Wilkes-Barre, Mountain Top exit near Blackman Street, traffic is moving, but the highway still may have some icy spots as the temperatures hover around 32 degrees.

Eyewitness News spoke with officials from across the region about how ready they are for future storms in light of ongoing supply chain issues nationwide.

“So the biggest part of a storm is preparedness, you be ready to get out there down the road not delaying,” said Pittston mayor Mike Lombardo.

Lombardo says it’s that simple, and that the communities that prepare usually have no problems when winter storms hit.

“The second part is coordination, and the third part its, it’s the part these interviews help with, patience,” added Lombardo.

Lombardo is urging residents to give road crews time to clear streets. Eyewitness News asked Lombardo if he expects any issues heading into the winter season with obtaining supplies to battle the snow, after there have been ongoing concerns about supply-chain problems nationwide.

“Well, you know I think we’re in a great position. This is a good first test. We start our preps probably mid-October making sure we have salt and that our vehicles are where they need to be in terms of plows and the spreaders that we put on them,” explained Lombardo.

Eyewitness News checked in with the mayors of Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre. They both say their street departments are fully staffed and equipped with the necessary supplies for the upcoming winter season.

Lombardo says every community faces its own specific challenges in clearing the snow.

“We are a unique city in that most of our streets have some bit of incline, other than Main Street which actually is a state road and that has an incline, the boulevard has an incline,” explained Lombardo.

And Eyewitness News saw communities and residents across the area doing what they had to do to get around, despite some potentially treacherous conditions. A man named Joe was using a snow blower to clear his sidewalk on Broad Street in Pittston, and street crews in Pocono Township, Monroe County were out and about early Friday morning getting the job done, but some drivers in Monroe County say it was still a challenge.

“Well, a lot of ice. A lot of ice. You know, even though it was plowed, it was still slushy you know so I had to drive in the grooves and really, really go slow. Really slow,,” stated Umar Abdul-Haqq of Tannersville.

PSP and PennDOT urge drivers to take it easy tonight as roads may still be icy, especially the secondary roads.