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PITTSBURGH, PA (January 12, 2018) Snow Levels Elevated to Level 2 (3″ to 6″ forecasted snow/ or ice) 

Our weather service (SKYWATCH) has issued a warning for 2” to 4” of wet, widespread snow from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday January 12 to 6:00 am to 9:00 am Saturday January 13 BUT it also includes a period of rain changing over to freezing rain and sleet between 5 pm to 7 pm today.

Until 6 pm today we will have 10 vehicles ready should the rain begin to turn over as freezing rain, but we believe it will be slightly past 6:00 pm. At 6 pm today and until 6 am Saturday morning we will have at least 52 vehicles canvassing the city applying rock salt treated with Liquid Calcium Chloride due to the icy conditions and falling temperatures. There is rain west and south of us and we do not believe we will get the opportunity to pre-treat our roads because the material will be washed away.

Since this will initially be a rain/freezing rain/sleet event before turning over to only snow later this Friday evening, most of our dump trucks will be out applying materials without any plows – they will be fitted with plows later in the evening when it turns over to snow and they go back to the yards to reload with deicing materials.

DPW Heavy Equipment in addition to First Vehicle Services will have personnel working to address vehicle breakdowns and repairs in order to keep as much equipment on the road

This is expected to be a quick moving storm, roughly only 15 hours, but temperatures over the next couple of days will present a challenge for refreezing streets.

If there are any tree issues due to any accumulating ice we have our Forestry Division and contractors on alert

Snow Plow Tracker will be activated at 6 pm on Friday, January 12, 2018

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.