Nasty weather skipped county

Cautious is better than crashed.

While most of Warren County didn’t get the predicted Friday morning freezing rain and the brunt of the storm slamming the East Coast remained east, road conditions may still warrant a little extra vigilance.

“Warren County did not receive the freezing rain predicted for the early morning hours on Friday,” said Wes Hess, PennDOT manager for Warren and Forest counties. “We had trucks out in all areas watching the weather and radars. This event stayed north of us.”

The transition from rain to snow combined with falling temperatures and existing wet conditions create the potential for slick or icy roadways. Some higher elevations across the county were already experiencing ice build-up as early as Friday afternoon.

While the National Weather Service cancelled a winter storm warning for the area, a winter weather advisory remained in place across Warren, McKean and Potter counties. Snow accumulations were projected to be between three and six inches through Saturday morning with additional accumulation of less than an inch during the day Saturday. Snow-covered roads and limited visibility were expected.

“There is snow predicted for at least the remainder of the day Friday into Saturday and we will react accordingly,” Hess said. “Our operators, mechanics and support staff have done a great job and are ready. The equipment and materials are all in good shape.”

“A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties,” the National Weather Service advisory explained. “Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving. Motorists should be especially cautious on bridges and overpasses where slippery spots develop first.”

“The beginning of a storm is when most mishaps occur,” Hess said, “so please drive carefully and allow some extra time to reach your destinations safely.”