PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Winter could deliver another mighty blow to Pennsylvania early next week.
The National Weather Service said a storm Sunday into Monday could bring snow to most of the state. It posted a winter storm watch for most of western Pennsylvania, saying six inches are likely throughout the region and "significantly more" is possible in some areas. Elsewhere, the forecast called for "moderate to heavy snow" Sunday afternoon through most of Monday. Ice is also possible in southern Pennsylvania.
Forecasters cautioned the storm track is far from uncertain and stressed that predicted snowfall amounts could change.
The state Department of Transportation was taking no chances, however, meeting with forecasters, state emergency personnel and workers in the field Friday to go over the storm's potential and make preparations.
PennDOT accelerated deliveries of road salt this week, sending 60 dump trucks to pick up 20,000 tons from a vendor in Delaware to be taken to the Philadelphia, Allentown and Harrisburg regions. The round-the-clock deliveries were expected to be completed Saturday.
This year's unusually harsh winter has taken a toll on PennDOT's winter weather budget.
PennDOT has spent about $200 million on winter weather so far, exceeding its budget of $189 million. The agency has already spread nearly 1.1 million tons of salt this winter, up nearly 50 percent over the previous five-year average.
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