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PITTSBURGH, PA (December 29, 2017) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has issued a Level 2 Snow Alert effective 10:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017.

At 10:00 p.m. tonight, the Snow Plow Tracker will be activated for the Level 2 snow event that is expected to begin between 10:00 p.m. and Midnight tonight and last until approximately Noon to 3 pm Saturday, December 30. Current forecasts predict that this Level 2 snow event is predicting dry snow amounting between 3” to 6” and temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-teens to 20 degrees with periods of drifting and blowing snow, with road problems expected between 10 pm to midnight tonight

Approximately 50 vehicles will be deployed overnight during the night turn shift (10pm – 6am) when the precipitation is expected to fall. Rock salt loads will be treated with Liquid Calcium Chloride to make the salt more effective at the low temperatures.

During a Level 2 Snow Event, DPW has 32 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets. DPW will continue to monitor weather forecasts and street conditions and crews will be following the primary, secondary and tertiary plowing routes exclusively into Sunday evening.

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.

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.