Yes, that was snow on many lawns and windshields Friday morning.

And, yes, more is expected to arrive today as a brisk and blustery turn in the forecast has ushered in the first real taste of winter to Crawford County residents.

"There was widespread snow throughout northwestern Pennsylvania (Friday) morning," said Gary Garnet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. "There was anywhere from a trace to an inch of snow."

A low-pressure system moved through the area Friday morning, which brought the precipitation and temperatures around freezing.

The weather pattern should be fairly active over the next few days, Garnet said. There could be lake effect snow for some areas in Crawford County today and another weather system will move into the area on Monday and into Tuesday, which could produce more snow.

"It's going to be a cold week next week," Garnet said, adding that lows Wednesday or Thursday could reach the teens.

Whatever Mother Nature decides to bring to the area, Meadville and state crews are ready for it.

"PennDOT is prepared for the expected wintry weather, with plow trucks and other equipment ready," PennDOT spokeswoman Jillian Harry said. "Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply."

In Crawford County, Harry said 75 plow truck operators and 37 plow trucks are ready when needed.

"They're on their winter schedule," she said.

Last year, 16,124 tons of salt and about 340,000 gallons of brine were used on roads.

Harry also reminded motorists to take care while getting accustomed to winter driving again. 

Some reminders:

• Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.

• Turn on your headlights.

• Stay in your lane.

• Increase your following distance.

• Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.

• Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.

In Meadville, crews are still performing leaf pick-up but ready for the snow.

"We’re prepared to switch gears if the weather calls for it," City Manager Andy Walker said. "The Public Works Department is ready for snow. Plows and salt spreaders are on our usual fleet of winter maintenance vehicles and our salt storage is at full capacity going into the season."

Walker said the recent retirement of Joe Gigler and two individuals out on medical leave have left the city thin on manpower, but it won't affect services.

"Nathan Zieziula is the new public works director," Walker said. "I’ve been assured that, despite this manpower, we’ll be ready — we might just have to tweak our normal routine and routes until we’re back at full capacity."

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