The Allentown, PA area is preparing for impending winter weather, as well as the Thanksgiving holiday.
After an uncharacteristically warm weather bout earlier this week, things are getting back to normal as the first snow storm of the season is expected just in time for the holiday.
Allentown city officials said the city is prepared for the first snow storm in the region. Craig Messinger, the Interim Director of Public Works, said plows and salt spreaders are mounted on 43 trucks that should help make traveling in Allentown as safe as possible.
“We have the equipment and manpower ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at us,” Messinger said.
Additionally, Allentown has a ready, large supply of road salt and anti-skid materials. The city’s “Snow Operations Hotline” will also be staffed starting at 7 a.m. Nov. 26, according to officials. The number for the hotline is 610-437-7669.
Since the warm day Monday, the weather has shifted to a rain/snow mix that has spread across the region from the south and the coast. Meteorologists said the weather should soon change all to snow and the accumulation could range significantly across the area with the heaviest amount to the north and lighter totals in the south. Unfortunately, travel delays could occur, especially during the afternoon and evening hours, so be prepared for a quick shift in plans if needed. Thanksgiving weather could feature snow flurries, but should generally be dry with clouds and sunshine. The highs for the holiday and through the weekend are in the mid 30s with partly sunny skies.
As the city is prepping for the cold, its officials and organizations are also prepping for the holiday.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, along with local organizations, are taking steps to ensure everyone in the city has a happy Thanksgiving. Pawlowski handed out more than 50 turkeys—for free—to local families earlier in the week at the Syrian Arab-American Charity Association. The turkeys were donated by Supremo Foods.
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