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PITTSBURGH, PA (January 25, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh has issued a Snow Level 2 alert in anticipation of a weather event that is scheduled to hit the Pittsburgh area Sunday evening into Monday morning.

Public Works Crews have spent the day preparing for a forecast of 2-4 inches of snow in effect until 3:00 p.m. Monday.

Crews will be working 12 hour shifts during the weather event. As of 2:00 p.m. Sunday, 20 vehicles equipped with plows have been dispatched to salt and plow city streets. Rock salt loads will not be treated with sodium chloride due to temperatures ranging from 25-35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Public Works Director Mike Gable released the following vehicle schedule in a press conference today:

  • 20 Vehicles: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday
  • 40-60 Vehicles: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday
  • 40 vehicles: 10:00 p.m. Sunday – 6:00 a.m. Monday
  • 81 Vehicles: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday

Eleven of the 81 units in the 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. shift on Monday we will be tractors equipped with plows. If the event continues well into Monday afternoon, crews will continue to work 12 hour shifts.

The Snow Plow Tracker was activated at 3:00 p.m. Sunday and will remain on until the weather event is over. The response time for a Level 2 snow event is 16-32 hours once the storm has ended.

Maintenance staff will be on hand overnight to repair any snow operations equipment that requires service. There will be two mechanics at the Heavy Equipment Division and the First Vehicle Services (FVS) garage will be open at 2:00 a.m. Monday. The Forestry Division is prepared to assist with any damaged or downed trees.

Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Monday. Should refuse pick-up be postponed Monday morning, Monday pick-ups will be collected on Tuesday and Wednesday.