Frozen flora, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from sriram bala’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 11, 2015) – City of Pittsburgh Public Works overnight crews have been called in early this evening to prepare for tonight’s forecast of freezing rain and icy conditions.

The standard 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. night shift was adjusted to 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. , according to Public Works Director, Mike Gable. The current forecast is calling for a mix of ice and rain from 8:00 p.m. Sunday until 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Ice and rain are also predicted for Monday morning, then turning to snow late Monday afternoon.

There will be 40 vehicles out treating city streets overnight from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Monday. Starting at 6:00 a.m. Monday, approximately 70 vehicles will be treating primary, secondary and tertiary routes, in addition to elevated surfaces and bridges. Dispatched vehicles are equipped with chains and salt loads have been treated with liquid Calcium Chloride to make the salt more effective in these conditions. Crews will be working 12 hour to 16 hour shifts during the weather event.

The City of Pittsburgh Forestry Division crews are on alert in the instance of ice causing damage to any trees. If utility wires are damaged due to downed trees or branches, the utility company must alleviate the problem before Forestry can address the tree issue.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution on roads, sidewalks, driveways and stairs throughout the night and during the morning commute Monday.