PITTSBURGH, PA (January 11, 2018) Officials in Mayor William Peduto's administration and the Department of Public Works (DPW) are monitoring weather reports regarding a possible snow and ice event Friday and Saturday, and preparing accordingly.
Forecasts are still showing uncertainty about the impacts of the weekend weather event but DPW is preparing its equipment and supplies in order to address whatever transpires, weather it be snow, ice, freezing rain or a combination of all.
DPW equipment is being fitted with plows and wheel chains. City supplies of road salt and Liquid Calcium Chloride are at good levels and with extra deliveries being made today and tomorrow. Public Safety emergency vehicles will be fitted with chains if necessary.
Residents are advised that they should stay off roads and travel on them only if necessary — especially in the case of freezing rain. If there are fewer vehicles on roads, that allows DPW crews to treat them more effectively and gives Public Safety first responders better access to emergencies.
There is a chance freezing rain may begin to fall between 3-6 p.m. Friday. Employers may want to consider letting workers go home before the Friday afternoon rush hour to make travel less treacherous.
Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa and DPW Director Mike Gable will be available to talk to reporters about weather preparations at 10 a.m., Friday, January 12, on the City-County Building Portico.