According to a post on the Falls Township Fire Marshal's Facebook page, parked vehicles must be removed from the streets during the snow emergency to allow township trucks enough room to plow the roads.
Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito also advises homeowners to clear a path to fire hydrants and shovel the snow surrounding the hydrants, in case fire departments need to access them for emergencies.
The Tullytown Brough police department has also posted tips for driving in the snow, including:
- Check tire tread and pressure.
- Check windshield wipers.
- Drive defensively and within legal limits that weather, traffic and road conditions permit. WEAR YOUR SEATBELT!
- Be aware of black ice on roadways.
- Be alert..... leave for your destination earlier and lose the cell phone and makeup kit.
"This is going to be a run-of-the-mill storm, but my concern is the temperatures," said McGuire. "Salt does not work as effectively when it gets colder. I've checked with the public works department to make sure they have a backup plan in place."
McGuire said the trucks are already out on the road pre-treating the streets with a brining mixture. He plans to have an emergency management staffer in the office overnight, with a second representative available beginning 4 a.m. Friday.
"If someone loses power, we want to make sure there is an opportunity to get that communicated to the township," said McGuire.
Although a snow emergency has not been officially declared, McGuire urges residents to get their vehicles off the streets to allow for quicker and easier plowing of the neighborhoods.
According to the latest projections from the National Weather Service, the storm will begin as rain Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said, and will change to snow just in time for Thursday's evening commute. The bulk of the snow will fall Thursday night and Friday morning, with 4 to 6 inches of snow expected.