KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) – Don’t bother to look at the calendar, because it doesn’t matter. Snow is on the way, and it’s not even Halloween yet.

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“Well, it’s a little unusual. I can’t remember the last time saw snow in October,” one commuter said.

Nick Martino, PennDOT District 6 maintenance manager, agrees that it’s unusual to be talking about snow in October, but he says his crews will be ready for any snowy road conditions that result from tomorrow’s storm.

“Right now, October, the weather seems to be changing.  The temperature has dropped.  But if it’s a situation where any type of precipitation may arise, we’ll be ready to mobilize at any time,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

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(Penndot manager Nick Martino, standing at right, preparing equipment on Friday for this weekend's expected snowfall. Credit: Mike DeNardo)


Martino says they’ll be keeping an eye on ground temperatures and will go into action if the snow starts to “stick” on road surfaces.

He says brining roads beforehand won’t be effective this time, because the storm is expected to begin as rain.  He says snow preparation is a year-round effort, and that PennDOT has plenty of road salt on hand.

Just like this guy we found this morning:

“No, I have plenty of salt from last year. And I got my snow shovel and a blower. So I’m ready to go, but I really don’t think I’ll need it.”

Maybe not this time.

Weather experts say 1979 was the last time we saw a measurable October snowfall in these parts. But you only have to think back to last winter to when we got hammered with storm after storm.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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