PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents across the region didn’t let a little thing like snow get them down, even if they grumbled a bit because of it.
As the National Weather Service reported nearly 10 inches in some spots Thursday, most neighbors making their way along Bridge Street in Phoenixville took the forecast in stride.
“It’s beautiful,” said Lisa Fiery. “What can I say?”
She and Karl Miller were thrilled to see the white stuff fall as they watched from the porch of the Great American Pub.
“All the neighbors are together, no one has work today, we all got the 2 o’clock text to meet here for a snow drink,” Miller said. “This is awesome. We know it’s snowed a few times but we’ve waited for the perfect snow. This is it.”
Other neighbors, though, said they were getting a little tired of having to keep shovelling themselves out.
“It sucks,” laughed Dave Bonois. “This is my second time digging my truck out today. I got up this morning first thing. I had to run out and get some things for my wife, then I came back and it started coming down harder. So I said ‘let me park it,’ because I’m not going out. And then when I was ready to shovel, I had to dig it out again. It was just as bad.”
Sam Davenport was supposed to go to a job interview but was forced to cancel because of the storm.
“I hope this is the last one,” he said with a chuckle. “Let it all come today and be over with. I’m getting a little tired of it.”
Montgomery County commissioners’ Chairman Josh Shapiro said the county’s emergency call center received 1,339 calls between 6 a.m. and noon Thursday. He said on an average day, the center receives a total of 2,300 calls.
Of those calls, 114 were for disabled vehicles, 129 were for car accidents and 38 of those car accidents in the county resulted in some kind of injury. He said none of the accidents were fatal.
Shapiro also reported that by noon on Thursday, the county used 200 tons of salt on the county roads. He said the county was having 300 tons of salt delivered on Friday and has put 600 tons of salt on order.
All 18 trucks at the county’s disposal were out since 4 a.m. plowing county roads, Shapiro said. Ten trucks belong to the county and eight are contractor vehicles. The county is able to track the trucks’ movements through GPS systems.
Officials across the region worked round the clock to make sure residents stayed safe and roads were kept clear.
“We have not declared a snow emergency,” said Phoenixville Borough Manager Jean Krack. “It’s coming down at a pace that our crews are able to keep up, (but) it’s a little slippery out there.”
The snow didn’t start accumulating on the roads until about 9 a.m. in the borough, he said. By noon, the temperature began to drop and the flakes began to “tighten,” but were still wet enough to move easily. Residents were willing to stay inside for the most part, allowing crews to keep working on the roads.
“If we had to have snow,” Krack said, “this is the kind we’d like.”
Limerick Police Chief William Albany cautioned drivers who are out on the roads during the storm to significantly increase following distance, slow down, keep headlights on and clear all snow from the car before driving.
At 9:30 a.m., there was a tractor trailer that got stuck going down a steep grade on Airport Road in Limerick, and a few other stuck vehicles in the area, but nothing major to report.
“I think everyone is behaving themselves,” Albany said.
PennDOT officials continued to monitor roadways while over 400 trucks stayed on top of slick spots.
“There’s been a lot of fender benders, cars spinning out, hitting guard rails, cars stuck in ditches, said PennDOT spokesman Charles Metzger. “Nothing serious.”
Some 430 trucks were dispatched to handle the snow. Traffic was extremely light in the morning rush thanks to school closures and many residents staying home from work, he said.
While empty roads provided plenty of room for plow trucks to move about freely, Metzger said they needed cars on the roadway to start working the salt into the snow in order for it to turn to slush, thereby letting the plows push it away more easily.
“All roads are passable,” he said. “You can see blacktop on major highways and expressways.”
Overall he said, while this storm offered its fair share of challenges, the season as a whole has been about average. After nine inches of snow reportedly fell in King of Prussia, the yearly snow total reached its average of 22-24 inches.
“This winter wasn’t that bad,” Metzger said. “Last year was a lot of worse … Today was more of a plowing operation, less of a spreading operation. It’s been a pretty active winter.”
Digital First staff writers Kaitlyn Foti, Marian Dennis and Dan Clark contributed to this report.