POLL: Frustrations Mount In PA as Snow Mounds Pile Up - What Do You Think?

Please vote: Let us know - how has it affected you?

Winter storms that have buried the region have now left high mounds of snow as the latest obstacle for Pennsylvania residents.

It's a "scary" situation for many motorists and pedestrians, and a few more inches of snow are expected this week.

The high mounds have created hazards for drivers pulling onto highways, while shoppers have trouble navigating parking lots and some pedestrians have been forced to walk in the street.

"This is scary," one motorist told NorthJersey.com. "The snow is piled so high, you have to pull practically into the highway to see the cars coming. It’s ridiculous."

Many Pennsylvania counties and municipalities have attempted to remove the mounds with front loaders piling the snow into dump trucks to be transported to open space areas. However, there is so much snow and not enough time to get rid of it all.

Those mounds could get a bit higher this week with as much as 3 inches of snow possible Monday into Tuesday in some parts of New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service. The Jersey Shore and South Jersey could get an inch or less.

"You’ve got to be really careful because the mounds are so high, especially coming out of a side street," a motorist told CBS New York. "Yeah, it’s an accident waiting to happen."

How have the mounds of snow impacted you? Tell us in the comments. (Note: This post is shared across Patch sites in Pennsylvania).
Sandra R. Schantz February 18, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Storm dump was still small compared to the one 35 years ago. Brookside Road had snow piles half the way up the telephone poles and it was like driving through a tunnel. Feel sorry that people have to drive to work in it, but it is beautiful.
A-F February 18, 2014 at 07:32 AM
It will melt
Carol Riley February 18, 2014 at 07:37 AM
West Chester is not the perfect town in snow removal. I live on a small side street. Before the ice storm, and there was street cleaning time, the snow was not removed. We moved our cars to avoid tickets and to get the parking spaces clear but snow plowing was spotty, at best. Now we are dealing with 3-4 inches of solid ice on the parking spaces. Unacceptable to this tax payer. Calls to public works go unanswered.
carol ray February 18, 2014 at 07:47 AM
parking is my biggest issue...you can't save your spot and if you don't pull back in just right you are stuck..i don't have anyone to shovel so it's all on me and I am not even supposed to be shoveling but have to...NY has a great way of clearing..one machine runs along the side of the street churning the snow and shooting it into a big dump truck that rolls beside it.....it would make lie so much easier
Long Time Resident & Park Owner & Lover February 18, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Hi - Please see the attached photos. Saturday, 2/15, I was headed out to do some errands around 10AM & found that someone had sent 3 front end loaders to clear the extra snow that had mounded up in the area. I was pleasantly surprised. However upon returning home around 430PM, I found the snow piled on my pavement. Not so pleasant. When this snow melts, where do you think this will go. The area is directly in front of my gate, I have no way to open my gate, which means if theres a fire at the front of the house, I cannot exit through the yard. I have no place to put my trash & can now be fined for no walk way on my property. Not to mention FLOOD potential in my home.
renarda64 February 18, 2014 at 08:14 AM
We have worst snow than this year and people are complaining, then when it gets warm people will complain again. We have four seasons get use to it or leave. I love it, helps me to breathe better and get rid of all the dirt and pollution in the air. the problem I have is that home owners and businesses do not shovel their sidewalks - where the state should make it mandatory to remove snow. I have shoveled snow for years and what you do is a little at a time - once every hour or two. Do not try to shovel a heap of snow at once. Or pay some young kid looking to make some money. Plus the roads are not as well either compare to when you leave PA and go into NJ why? I commute and drive and I love the snow it reminds of romantic evenings and childhood days.
Michele Grzywacz February 18, 2014 at 08:21 AM
It's just snow. The problem is the fuel companies gouging everyone on the east coast. If you need to take a second mortgage to pay for fuel oil or propane, something is wrong. Why does the government want to tell you that you can't have a large soda, but won't tell the oil companies to stop raping our wallets....oh that's right, that's exactly what the government is doing!
Ed Boyd February 18, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Poll has 4 answers, 3 for those who wanna whine, 1 for those of us who choose to accept what Mother Nature offers. Why? Seems to me, some folks just like to complain, about everything, especially if they zero control over it ever changing, like, uh, the weather.
SLR February 18, 2014 at 08:25 AM
FYI: Quite a few of the Patch articles say they are shared on other Patch sites across the state...so no, they don't "think" you are stupid. They aren't trying to pull a fast one on you. And it's a free website, sooo...it's not like you're being cheated out of your subscription. But back to topic, I agree with a LOT of posters here. I dread driving around the streets of Nazareth because the mounds have gotten so high, you literally can not see around them. I'd love to know why it is that they put up fliers on the meters saying "No Parking Monday after 7 AM" on Monday, after 9 AM (durh? Ever heard of giving people notice?) and then they maybe clear one block at 2 PM and call it quits. Then come back the next day and clear one block. Then it snows again. And the cycle starts again. Meanwhile, parking which is already at a premium in Nazareth is completely gone because of those fliers and the snow. They tell people to park down at the Borough Park...which means walking a mile into town...up an icy hill...with many residents being elderly or young families. I get it, this amount of snow isn't normal...too bad. It's your job. I don't ask people to sit around and wait for me to get around to doing my job. It's called time management. You ask your residents to pay taxes so you can buy all of this equipment and employ a road crew, meanwhile we're sitting here with no place to park, roads that aren't really clear, and mountains of snow that we have to pray no one is coming around when we go to turn or cross a street.
joanne mamrosch February 18, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Why complain, Things don't change
Dubbed Sea February 18, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Patch has officially become a joke. It's not local news reporting when you write one story using generic descriptions of weather etc. for a region that includes 5 million people. As for the snow - I love it.
Frank Greene February 18, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Two on-going problems in Upper Moreland: *Residents with driveways, do not remove their cars from the street to assist with snow removal operations. Thus their cars get plowed in, remove snow from their cars, but don't remove the accumulated snow from the street which hardens. People are becoming too lazy. *Snow plow operator's require re-training as they don't drop the blade to the roadway, seldom plow curb to curb (only middle), but leave excessive amounts of rock salt on the street, down my driveway and entire lawn. Any wonder there is a shortage in most townships?
Patrice Sidoione All That Salon February 18, 2014 at 09:27 AM
My biggest shock, yes I was shocked, as neighbors walked across our street to dump their snow onto packing spaces by my business! These spaces were hopelessly plowed in by the borough so I guess they thought why not! I simply shook my head & walked away from my window as this act underlines something terribly wrong happening!!
Concerned Citizen February 18, 2014 at 09:32 AM
It's winter folks, and we live in an area where the seasons change appropriately. The snow will melt and spring will come. It always does, every year. Enjoy the beauty of nature.
Muffins February 18, 2014 at 09:37 AM
This has been a rough winter for EVERYONE. We need to pace ourselves, on the highways, out and about, shoveling. If you can keep up with it while it comes down, it won't be so icy the next day. And, yes, please clean off your cars, use your headlights and turn signals. I, too, am irritated with the (lazy) people who don't shovel their sidewalks. It is dangerous to walk in and out of the piles on the roadways. Not to mention the folks who don't pick up after their pets. I always have bags in my pockets for mine. Both the (non) shoveling and the (non) removal of pet feces are ordinances. Let's be considerate of the pedestrians and drivers out there. Bottom line, if you have heat, hot water and electric, you are blessed. Safety first, take care and stay warm. It will melt...eventually.
Trisha February 18, 2014 at 09:43 AM
I am a walker not a driver, and allot of the sidewalks where i live are still snow covered. And Some are now ice because of it warming up enough to melt and then freezing again. its houses that people live in and houses that are empty as well.
carol ray February 18, 2014 at 09:50 AM
I pay $37 per car per year for a parking spot in Malvern but am afraid to leave my spot for fear of losing it or it getting plowed back in..we have to pay to park here but at least a few times a week someone takes a spot and stays all day and jumps on the train
Chandler February 18, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I love it. Bring it on! Haven't had any problems driving in it. and yes--I go to work every day--24 mile round trip--haven't missed a day. Learn how to drive in it and you will be fine. This is way better than a 95 degree, hot, muggy, oppressive August day.
Mari February 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM
This is what it looks like every winter in the upper mid-west, NY, MA. Guess we are lucky we don't get this much snow every winter!
Matt Dragovits February 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Loving the snow. Ready to have Christmas a 2nd time. Glad I have four-wheel drive though. Only down-side is how many times school has been closed because it's starting to eat into my kids' summer vacation.
Pam February 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM
We're also loving the snow & the downtime! Just took down the xmas stuff over the weekend & got it into bins labelled and organized instead of thrown quickly. Got time off school for the kids to REALLY clean up their rooms & reconnect to each other, read a few good books, make snow forts and snowmen (dressed in beach attire) and igloos. The back yard now has a really cool snow ramp from the deck down to the property line. The kids watch the Olympics then try the snowboard maneuvers out back. We got time to play games with the kids without all the holiday fuss, winter break is always a nightmare just before xmas. This is much better! We got some painting done, cleaned up the basement (finally) & found lots of stuff to donate. It's not a disaster to stay in, it's called winter. Snow happens.
james wood February 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Patch Media has come under scrutiny from individuals and the media. Articles in the Los Angeles Times,Business Insider, Forbes and online bloggers point out apparent flaws in its business model. According to several sources that were published from 2010 to 2012, some of which quoted former employees, working conditions within the organization deteriorated and the company entered a period of consolidation Can you say tabloid ?
Joan Larkin February 18, 2014 at 03:23 PM
First, I appreciate all the hard work of the people who are plowing, salting, brining, repairing, delivering, and taking care of public safety. However, my bones are jarred every time I drive because of the potholes and I can't find any more space to put the snow I'm shoveling because the piles I've made next to my driveway are so high. If the townships would pave properly when it's warm, we wouldn't be having these pothole problems. If the materials you're using to pave aren't working, please find something that does work in these weather conditions that won't crumble at the first application of salt. With all the technological advances, I'm sure there is a paving material that will withstand our winters and salt.
D M Polarine February 18, 2014 at 03:39 PM
all I can is it will melt soon, Be careful driving as there are many more potholes. Even though penndot did fill a lot in the neighborhood. Take you time, give yourself extra time to go somewhere. Thank you to all the street and department crew that have been working crazy hours to clean the streets. I' ve been through two shovels about 7 bags of ice melt and rock salt. Just purchased 3 more at Mapes in Manoa. It will be spring soon and warm !
Leif Fearn February 18, 2014 at 03:44 PM
In iowa, they fly flags from radio aerials when the plowed snow at intersections gets over six feet high. Get creative, Pennsylvanians. And get used to it. I know there isn't any global climate change, but this snow is new, not strange. History is replete with global climate changes.
Cathie McFadden February 18, 2014 at 04:36 PM
My driveway is bad enough. When they plow the street the snow is getting higher than my mailbox and very little room to maneuver. Even worse is the school bus stops are so loaded with snow, the kids have to walk in the street to get the bus. I live in Hatfield Twp.So unsafe especially when everyone is in a hurry in their cars.
Mark Methlie February 18, 2014 at 05:20 PM
I think that we should all chill out and learn to deal with it. This is unusual for us.
Eileen Wood February 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM
I think the city forgets that Chestnut Hill is really a hill! And why are we not afforded the same perks that chi chi Manyunk is afforded?
Beth February 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM
The gist of most of these comments are to just relax, slow down, enjoy the beautiful, peaceful snow. What other time can you be outside, just sit there and not hear anything else? Everyone needs to try to chill out a little. Is it a pain to shovel? Yeah, probably, but what other opportunity do you have to actually see your neighbors, and maybe do something to help your neighbor. Take it for what it is. Maybe even try to enjoy it. Just be careful walking.
Merle Martin February 19, 2014 at 06:28 PM
merle If Berthlehem had sa rating system on snow removeal it would be a F... No one isa out watching these guys plow. They follow each other one with blade down and other one up. The city needs to learn how to get rid of the snow using the right equipment.


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