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January 20, 2016

City officials bracing for Philly's first major snowfall

Crews begin brining streets, checking equipment

City officials are preparing for a potential winter storm that could bring anywhere between 12-16 inches of snow to the region over the weekend.

The Street Department began brining streets on higher elevations Wednesday afternoon, according to Mike Dunn, Deputy Communications Director for the Mayor's Office.

Dunn also said that all city departments have been closely monitoring the storm. While obviously plowing won't begin until snow hits the ground, Dunn said crews have stared checking the readiness of their equipment.

According to the National Weather Service, the snowfall is expected to begin Friday evening and continue heavy at times through Sunday morning. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 30s.

While city officials are getting ready for the first major snowfall of the season, Dunn said residents should prepare themselves as well.

"Obviously, we encourage the public to stock up on food items and bottled water. Being prepared is always a good idea."

He said residents should also get prescriptions filled and obtain flashlights and portable radios.

Residents can sign up for alerts from the Office of Emergency Management here and follow the department on Twitter for updates at @PhilaOEM.