PITTSBURGH, PA (January 22, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has issued a Level 2 Snow Alert Alert effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.
The City of Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker will be activated at approximately 5:00 p.m. tonight. Current forecasts indicate that we will receive between 2-4 inches of snow with heavy snowfall expected to begin around 10:00 p.m. Snow fighting vehicles will be dispatched from all divisions starting at 4:30 p.m. Night turn Public Works crews will begin 12-hour shifts starting at 6:00 p.m. Approximately 60 vehicles will be dispatched overnight and into Saturday morning. As temperatures continue to drop, roads will be treated with a liquid calcium chloride and salt mix. Due to the varied forecasts for the Pittsburgh region, additional crews will be deployed if snow accumulations increase. DPW currently has 133 snow fighting vehicles available for use.
During a Level Two snow event, DPW has a 32 hour window after the snow event ends to clear the streets before individual constituent calls for service will be addressed. This current snow event is expected to last from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 p.m.Saturday. DPW will be following the primary, secondary and tertiary plowing routes exclusively until the early morning hours on Monday.
Residents should contact the 311 Response Center if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm. The 311 response center will be open this weekend for non-emergency calls, such as reports of downed trees or water main breaks.
Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Saturday morning. Any routes that are not able to be completed Saturday will be completed on Mondayand Tuesday next week.
Winter Storm Levels & 311 Response Center
The Department of Public Works classifies storm conditions into Winter Storm Levels. Levels determine the required response timeframe for a given snowstorm. Based on the Storm Levels, it will be expected that all streets will be serviced with clearly defined response times.
Depending on the severity or level of the weather event it can take up to 48 hours to treat the streets with salt and/or calcium chloride after a snow/ice event.
- Level 1 Event (1 – 3″): Crews have 24 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.
- Level 2 Event (3 – 6″): Crews have 32 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.
- Level 3 Event (6 – 10″): Crews have 48 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.
- Level 4 Event (> than 10″): Calls will not be taken until weather event drops to a Level 3 (6-10″).
Winter Weather Resources
The City of Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker is a resource available to monitor the travel history for all vehicles dedicated to snow and ice control throughout the time frame of a snow event.
Residents should contact the 311 Response Center if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm.
Visit the Office of Emergency Management Winter Storm Preparedness Guide for helpful tips on how to be prepared for a winter storm and below freezing temperatures. Shoveling Snow: It is a violation of city policy to shovel snow into the street. Snow should be piled on lawn areas, close to the curb or in the front and/or rear of your vehicle.
Citiparks facilities will maintain regularly scheduled hours and programming.
Residents are reminded to visit the City of Pittsburgh Snow Resource Center www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow for all weather related information.