Centre County Preps for Winter Weather Storm

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/04 2014 08:11PM

Updated 02/04 2014 08:29PM

CENTRE COUNTY - Preparations are underway in Centre County as crews prepare for the latest winter storm.

It's the calm before the storm Tuesday in Centre County.

"Because of it being a potential ice storm, we want to make sure we have grit available," State College Borough Public Works Director, Mark Whitfield, said. "Right now, we're in pretty good shape."

Whitfield and his crews are prepping for the worst.

"The one thing with ice is getting a layer of salt down ahead of the storm as much as you can," he said. "The other issue we have to deal with ahead of ice is tree limbs. We have a lot of low-hanging branches which can play havoc with both the salt trucks, as well as other vehicles going through town."

Whitfield says so far this season, crews have worked 21 weather events. He says on average, they see 20 events for an entire season.

"We've used about 600 tons of salt so far this year," Whitfield said. "Average winter, we use about 800 tons."

There are some concerns for the future budget. State College Borough has a snow removal budget of about $280,000 a year. So far, they've used about $180,000.

"If we have another 10 or 12 events, we'll be looking for other places to fund some of these activities," Whitfield said.

Centre County Commissioners are prepping for the storm, too. They say EMA services for the county are keeping an eye on the system.

"It's a little early to say how fierce the storm is going to be," Commissioner Steve Dershem said. "Hopefully it doesn't impact us too severely, but we're ready if it does."

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