Office of Mayor William Peduto
Public Works Crews Respond To Level 2 Snow Alert

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 9, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) has issued a Level 2 Snow Alert Alert effective 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

The City of Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker will be active throughout the current snow event. Current forecasts estimate snow accumulations of 2" to 4" with snowfall lasting until approximately 11:59 p.m. tonight.

DPW has dispatched Approximately 70 vehicles equipped with plows for this snow event. Streets are being treated with a rock salt and liquid calcium chloride mix. Crews will work 12 hour shifts until the snow event concludes.

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. This current snow event is expected to last until midnight tonight giving our crews until Noon on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 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 Wednesday 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.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Katie O'Malley
Communications Coordinator
Office: (412) 925-1990

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