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PITTSBURGH, PA (December 13, 2017) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has issued a Level 2 Snow Alert effective 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

At 3:00 p.m. today, the Snow Plow Tracker was activated for the Level 2 snow event that is expected to begin between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. today. Current forecasts predict that this Level 2 snow event is expected to be a quick moving storm dropping 2” to 4” of snow over a 15 hour period. The Snow Plow Tracker was active until 2:00 p.m.today with coverage information from the previous Level 1 Snow event that began on December 12 and was scheduled to last until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14. As of 3:00 p.m. today, the Snow Plow Tracker will display coverage for the new Level 2 Snow Alert.

All crews have been extended to 12 hour shifts during the snow event. As snowfall is expected to overlap with the evening rush hour, crews are actively pre-treating streets with a liquid Calcium Chloride and salt mix. Approximately 70 vehicles equipped with plows and chains will be deployed throughout the city throughout the evening then 60 vehicles will work through the night.

During a Level Two Snow Alert, 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 3:00 p.m.on Wednesday until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, giving crews until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16 to have all city streets treated. DPW will be following the primary, secondary and tertiary plowing routes exclusively until the early morning hours on Thursday.

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.