The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 28, 2014

Storm about to slam Pa.

Terry Altemus
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Winter is expected to deliver another mighty blow to Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service said a storm Sunday into Monday could bring snow to most of the state.

It posted a winter storm watch for most of western Pennsylvania, saying 6 inches are likely throughout the region and “significantly more” is possible in some areas. Elsewhere, the forecast called for “moderate to heavy snow” Sunday afternoon through most of Monday. Ice is also possible in southern Pennsylvania.

Forecasters cautioned that the storm track is far from uncertain and stressed that predicted snowfall amounts could change.

PennDOT was taking no chances, however, meeting with forecasters, state emergency personnel and workers in the field Friday to go over the storm’s potential and to make preparations.

PennDOT accelerated deliveries of road salt this week, sending 60 dump trucks to pick up 20,000 tons from a vendor in Delaware to

be taken to the Philadelphia, Allentown and

Harrisburg regions.

The agency has spread nearly 1.1 million tons of salt already this winter, up nearly 50 percent over the previous five-year average.

Fire ruins salt trucks, snow plows

A blaze destroyed all of the snow plows and salt trucks in a municipal storage facility in Industry, Beaver County, early Friday.

Officials said their salt supply was also destroyed.

Fire Chief Chuck Ward said they’ll have to rely on help from neighboring towns this weekend, when a storm is expected to bring snow and ice to the area.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The building is a complete loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.