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Local Roads Open, Plowed

Crews in Hatboro and Horsham continue to work plowing and salting roads following the most recent snowfall, which dropped an estimated six inches.

Crews in Hatboro and Horsham continue to work plowing and salting roads following the most recent snowfall, which dropped an estimated six inches.
Crews in Hatboro and Horsham continue to work plowing and salting roads following the most recent snowfall, which dropped an estimated six inches.
Drivers should be able to navigate through Hatboro and Horsham fairly easily, provided they drive slower than usual following the estimated six inches of snow, officials told Patch.

Public works crews in Hatboro and Horsham worked overnight–and continue to work Friday–plowing and salting local roads following the latest snowstorm.

"If everybody drives slow and careful in Hatboro they shuld be able to get around without a problem," Fred Zollers, Hatboro's Public Works superintendent and borough manager said. "They’re all drivable."

A help, Zollers said, would be for residents to move their cars off of streets and into driveways, if possible and take in portable basketball nets.

"When it snows our trucks hit them ... They’re in the way," Zollers said. "It really is helpful if everybody takes the stuff off the street."

In Horsham, Township Manager Bill Walker said drifting snow, cold temperatures and residents blowing and piling shoveled snow in the already plowed roadways is problematic. 

Still, Walker said, "the roads are pretty good."

Overnight, Horsham crews made the main roads a main concentration. By about 4 a.m., crews began turning their attention to the bulk of the township's 105 miles of locally owned roads.

"Most of the residential neighborhoods have been hit at least once," Walker said, adding that cul de sacs have been started. "Hopefully by the afternoon things will be looking pretty good."

Zollers said that while driving conditions were good Friday morning, conditions could worsen as the sun goes down. 

"We’re hoping the salt kicks in with the sun," he said of some of the borough's snow-covered roads. "People should be real careful after the sun goes down. It could even be too cold for the salt to work."

Hatboro has a snow emergency declaration in place. Click here to see what that means.

PennDOT on Friday restored the speed limits on its roadways throughout the region.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission lifted the 45 mph speed limit restriction on the entire Turnpike, including the Northeastern Extension, at 10 a.m. Friday.

However, the turnpike commission cautioned motorists to keep alert for changing weather conditions and to remember to remove all snow and ice from vehicles before hitting the highway.

In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, the turnpike advises:

  • Motorists can utilize the yellow emergency call boxes on the shoulder of the turnpike or dial *11 or 1-800-332-3880 to receive help. 
  • Be prepared to give your milepost location and direction of travel, plus move any vehicles out of the travel lanes if possible.
What will the weather be like this weekend?
The National Weather Service said Saturday temperatures are expected to reach a high of 27 degrees.

Snow is likely again Sunday before 2 p.m., followed by rain after 3 p.m. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

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