Jennifer D. Wade Journal

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Workin' Late

The little hamlet where I live seems to have been spared the worst of this latest winter storm.  It snowed for most of the day, then switched over to some sleet and freezing rain in the evening.  By the time I left work, the roads (at least the ones I travelled) were actually in pretty good shape.  Even the street I live on had been plowed down to the macadam, though some of the side streets were snow-covered.  Overall, no complaints.

By the time I arrived home, there was a lull in the precip.  So, I spent another half hour or so shoveling the sidewalk and driveway.  I parked the car on the street so I wouldn't have to shovel around it, then pulled it into the driveway when I was finished.  Hopefully, I won't have to do it again in the morning.

In two days, it will be the anniversary of the infamous 2007 VALENTINE'S STORM.  Based on tonight, which was, in many ways, kind of a repeat on a smaller scale,  I would say the state - and the people - learned some lessons.

This time around, it seems PennDOT did actually "keep up" with the storm.  Road closures seemed to be at a minimum, and the ones I heard about, didn't last long.  The interstates and main roads were plowed and re-plowed as needed.  It would also seem that drivers in general stayed home.  Based on scanner chatter, there were fender benders around the area - and some fool did donuts in a parking lot somewhere - but there was no indication of any major pile-up or even any severe crash.  About all we found was a couple of tractor trailers that jackknifed.  NBD.

We still have a lot of winter to go, but if this is the worst of it, I'll take it.

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