In what has proved to be an unusual winter, drivers already have endured snow, rain, ice, and a weather whiplash that have contributed to an earlier-than-expected nuisance: A surge of potholes.
"The potholes are jumping up like crazy," Erich Wendel, public works director in Middletown Township, Bucks County, said Thursday. "We have a lot of guys now patching up."
"This pothole season is incredibly early, and it is due to the wide fluctuation in temperatures we're having," Philadelphia Streets Commissioner David Perri said Thursday. "We see some street defects in January, but this has been more than normal."
Early Sunday, the region experienced an ice storm. Then, Monday's temperature in Philadelphia reached a high of 61. By Tuesday morning the thermometer bottomed out at 4.