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PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 8, 2017) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) has issued a Level 2 Snow Alert Alert effective 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

The City of Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker will be active throughout the current snow event starting at 9:00 p.m. tonight. Current forecasts estimate snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″  over a 21 our period with snowfall lasting until approximately Noon on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Starting at 10:00 p.m., a range of 50-65 vehicles will be deployed throughout the city overnight for the night turn shift. With temperatures expected to drop below freezing, salt loads will be treated with liquid calcium chloride to make the salt more effective in lower temperatures. Vehicles will be equipped with plows and tire chains.

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. With the current snow event  expected to last until Noon, Thursday, Feb. 9., crews will have until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017 to treat all streets. DPW will be following the primary, secondary and tertiary plowing routes exclusively throughout the snow event.

Residents should contact the 311 Response Center if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm. The 311 response center is open for non-emergency calls, such as reports of downed trees or water main breaks.

Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Thursday morning.

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.