PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia region is gearing up for its first winter blast of the season.

Trucks were loaded at the PennDOT Salt Plant in Norristown on Wednesday. Officials say more than 200 of them across the area are on standby for Thursday morning’s storm.

Morning commuters like Q Anderson of Souderton fear what will happen.

“I have to go to work and I drive this big old car. I don’t think he’ll make it,” Anderson said.

But he admits his kids may well take it.

“Yeah, I’m sure they will. Anything to avoid going to school,” Anderson said.

The heaviest rainfall is expected north of Philadelphia, with the Lehigh Valley particularly nasty.

“For the first decent winter storm of the year, it’s going to be a messy mix. I want people to be aware that even though it may look wet, just be sure to check the temperature because it could be thin ice even if it looks wet.” said Ron Young, spokesman for PennDOT Engineering District 5.

The storm may bring ice and snow, freezing temperatures and strong winds.

PennDOT officials are advising motorists to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm.

When you go out, make sure you and your car are ready.

“It’s a good reminder to make sure your vehicle is in check and ready. Your tires are ready and you have a full tank of gas before you hit the road. Obviously, know your conditions before you go out there ” said PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph.

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