JUST LIKE Dr. Seuss' Thing 1 and Thing 2, Philadelphia's "Storm 1 and Storm 2" - as Mayor Nutter is calling Sunday's wintry weather and today's predicted conditions - are proving rather troublesome.
"The challenge here again is the ice, rain, snow and the refreezing process," Nutter said. "You get ice that binds to the asphalt even when the new snow is on top of it. You can plow the snow; it doesn't work as well with ice once it literally binds to the asphalt. That is a challenge, not only here but everywhere else."
Streets Department workers, Nutter said, finished the job on Storm 1 at noon yesterday - but they were expected back again for Storm 2 at midnight, when a "full deployment" of 160 vehicles was to canvass Philadelphia to scatter salt. The city cannot "brine" the streets, Nutter said, because they are already wet.