Icy coating, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Canadian Pacific’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 6, 2018) The City of Pittsburgh is making preparations for snowfall, possibly mixed with rain, which is projected to begin falling early Wednesday into the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Department of Public Works crews will begin pre-treating streets with salt and Liquid Calcium Chloride during the 10 p.m.shift tonight and will switch to plowing snow when it begins to fall sometime after 2 a.m.

City officials are urging DPW employees to work in 12-hour shifts to allow for snow and ice clearance before the morning rush hour, during rush hour and during the Wednesday afternoon rush hour as well. Shifts will overlap to allow for the maximum number of DPW vehicles on streets to prepare for peak commuting times.

DPW could have more than 70 vehicles on city streets and will use vehicles and personnel normally reserved for maintaining parks.

Hours for the live operators at the 311 Response Center will be extended two hours on Wednesday to field service requests by residents. Phone calls to 311 will be taken for 12 hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and shared with DPW crews. (Outside of Pittsburgh, call 412-255-2621.)  Residents may submit street treatment requests over Twitter at any time to @Pgh311.

City forestry crews will also be on alert Wednesday to respond to trees and tree branches that could fall due to snow or ice.

Weather conditions on Wednesday could include snow, rain and freezing rain. Commuters are urged to stay off roads during hazardous conditions and if they must drive use extreme caution.

DPW will activate the city’s Snow Plow Tracker at approximately 10 p.m. this evening. (Tuesday afternoon it was tracking Monday night’s snowfall.)

If necessary the City will post further updates on its webpage. Residents may also track updates on Twitter at @PGHDPW@CityPGH@PghPublicSafety, or @Pgh311.