It came hard and fast (that’s what she said) and took the entire region by surprise. On Thursday morning the forecast was for some snow in the afternoon and early evening. A few inches at the most. Nothing that would disrupt traffic, or power, or life in general. After 12 noon the forecast started to change. Weather alerts went out on cellphones and tablets across the region. The snow had arrived and it was going to produce more snow than originally expected.
Yesterday afternoon and evening turned into a traffic nightmare. 78 and 22 were basically at a standstill. Trucks were jackknifed, and motorists couldn’t navigate their cars up the steep hills because of the slippery road conditions. As has been the case in the past during some storms, Lehigh Valley roads became veritable parking lots for hours. Motorists were stranded, cars ran out of gas, and batteries died. Things are better now, but for a long stretch of time it was the commute from hell.
PennDot was not ready for the storm. I can’t fault them. No one expected the storm to be so severe. The pre-treatment that was applied to the roads early Thursday morning didn’t help. By 12 noon the streets and highways were covered in snow anyway. Business let their employees out early, and so did a number of colleges, and schools. Essentially, everyone crammed onto the roads at the same time. The end result should’ve been obvious: Gridlock from hell.
Luckily, I worked from home yesterday. My job is in New Jersey and I didn’t want to chance driving home in bad weather. This was a smart move on my part it would seem. Whitehall was a mess from everything I saw and heard.
Yet somehow…..miraculously, our beloved Mayor Hozza’s street was plowed every two hours. Executive privilege, I suppose.
Or corrupt abuse of power.