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UPDATE: 11: 30 a.m.

The Department of Public Works advises that it has adequate amounts of road salt on hand to treat city streets today, but that as temperatures drop this afternoon neither salt nor Liquid Calcium Chloride will be effective so crews will transition to plowing only.

The department still has 100 vehicles out, which is the City’s maximum storm deployment level, and progress can be monitored via the city’s Snow Plow Tracker.

Those vehicles are concentrating on getting down as much road salt as possible in the intervening time until temperatures plunge below 15 degrees, which is when road treatments are rendered ineffective. At that point crews will transition to plowing only, continuing through overnight when temperatures are expected to go below freezing. As temperatures rise tomorrow salting will start again.

Crews are also responding to flooded roadways and riverfronts. As of 11:30 a.m. today, both the 10th Street Bypass and the South Side Riverfront Park were closed, and water was rising onto riverfront walkways along the North Shore and Point State Park.

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 5, 2015) Due to Thursday’s weather conditions the Department of Public Works is suspending refuse service for the day. On Friday crews will attend to the Thursday locations in addition to regular Friday pickups.

If they are unable to get everything on Friday, Environmental Services will work overtime on Saturday to finish the routes.

As for snow removal, the Department has deployed 100 vehicles this morning to salt and plow. Park divisions will provide all available resources to the aligned street divisions while they also address the salting of park sidewalks.

It started snowing about 7 p.m. Wednesday night and crews with 45 vehicles worked through the night salting and/or plowing.

Public Works will determine later today how many resources to extend until 6 p.m. when the regular night turn crews — which usually begin work at 10 p.m. — are brought in early.