Demand for road salt is up as the next winter storm threatens to make a mess of another morning rush hour, bringing with it not only snow, but sleet and freezing rain.
A long line of large trucks, stretching several blocks, formed outside the American Rock Salt Company on North 6th Street in Reading on Tuesday.
The trucks traveled from far and wide to fill up on salt before the next round of wintry weather begins late Tuesday night.
A series of storms this winter has led many municipalities around the region to use more salt than they would in an average winter.
PennDOT, for instance, said it starts each winter with more than 500,000 tons of road salt on hand, but goes through about 800,000 tons in an average winter.
As of Monday, the state's salt stock stood at about 382,000 tons, with some 145,000 tons still to be delivered, officials said.