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Watch The Rain, But Start Thinking Snow

SANATOGA PA – Weather forecasters Thursday night (Oct. 1, 2015) predicted only a moderate amount of rain might fall locally this weekend as a result of Hurricane Joaquin, less than initially envisioned. While prognosticators and the rest of us stare at the sogginess outside, however, the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners has had chillier thoughts.

Its members have been thinking “snow.” Not snow now, but later.

Theirs is actually a matter of routine that annually happens at this time of year. Commissioners recently authorized the township staff to start requesting snow plowing quotes from interested contractors. If past years’ history is any indication, as many as five different plow operators could submit bids. They are likely to be presented for consideration sometime this month.

The board is often advised to accept all bids. Acceptance doesn’t mean the township is committed to using high-cost removal of the white stuff, Manager Ed Wagner has explained. When outside plowing help is needed, it almost always chooses the lowest-cost and most reliable or appropriate bidder available.

If the snow gets really heavy, however, and the township Public Works Department is overwhelmed by Mother Nature, Lower Pottsgrove has determined that having pre-arranged agreements and set rates with as many contractors as possible is helpful. Other municipalities reportedly follow a similar practice.

Making advance plowing plans could be particularly important this year.

The Weather Channel’s Professional Division during mid-September issued a report that said Southeastern Pennsylvania was among the areas that could expect below-average temperatures between this December and next February. And the 2016 edition of The Farmers’ Almanac said it is “red-flagging the second week of January and the second week of February” for possible heavy snow across the Mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday (Oct. 5) in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd.

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