Crews Work To Clear Snow-Covered Roads

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With more than five-inches of snow falling overnight, drivers have had a tough time making their way along some of the region’s roads. While crews have been working around the clock to try and clear the main roads of all that snow and ice, it’s going to take some time to get the job done.

“A storm like this when we are out plowing and salting 1200-miles of street, it’s going to take awhile — anywhere from 24 to 36 hours after it stops snowing,” Pittsburgh Public Works’ Rob Kaczorowski told KDKA.

“It takes a while for us to go 1200-miles,” Kaczorowski added, “especially on secondary streets, when you’re traveling 5-, 10-, 15-miles an hour. It’s not like the highways when you’re going 40- 50- miles an hour when you’re plowing.”

The first flakes started falling yesterday afternoon; but what began as a light snow after lunch became increasingly heavier through the evening hours.

Though some bands of snow have been continuing to move through the region, KDKA Meteorologist Dennis Bowman says the heaviest precipitation is over.

Once the snow stops falling, though, the region will be dealing with some frigid temperatures as an arctic air mass blows into the area.

Those freezing temperatures could make it a bit more challenging for road crews.

“Salt becomes less effective as the temperature lowers,” Kaczorowski explained, “[at] 20- to 15-degrees, it takes about 20-minutes for the salt to be activated.” Kaczorowski said crews would be treating area roads with calcium chloride, “which keeps the salt effective to up to 40- to 50-below zero.”

  • Pittsburgher

    I can’t believe the fuss over this snow. 5 inches with headlines like “City Socked by Snow”. R u kidding me?? Did we not get 20 inches last year in 24 hours. Now that was snow. Get a grip!

  • Liars

    I agree that we did not get that much snow. I am from a small town up north and we have had way more snow than that and I am use to the bad weather. I do not agree with PENN DOT saying they will be out there plowing and salting the roads. Driving in the snow does not bother me at all but I did not see or hear one plow truck last night and people were sliding everywhere. They say one thing and do another. They SUCK!

    • Shockly

      Penndot sucks


    Much better job removing snow this year. At least on my street! Thank you Pgh PW!!


    I’ll give you that some of the streets were much better. Working here on the Southside sucks when it snows like this, the only street that gets attention is Carson. Sidney St. gets nothing & with the number of people drive on Sidney with people crossing the street whereever they please it just sucks.
    If the city wants to make more money come over here & start tagging jay walkers.

  • Ray

    Some stree has got to be first, and some street has got to be last.
    Thank you City of Pittsburgh Public Works for a job well done, AND

  • JOSE


  • Sarah

    To all that believe that PennDot/Pubic Works sux—-I would challenge you to get out there and do it your damn selves. You try being out there in the coldest climate, the worst driving conditions, the middle of the night, for 12 hours straight dealing with ignorant people like you hindering the job that they are trying to do. I am the owner of a snowplowing company that takes care of three very large commercial propoerties and it’s tough—let alone taking care of 1200 miles of road. Quit being selfish and realize that you are not the ONLY one on the planet and it didnt snow ONLY in front of your house, nor ONLY on your route of travel. You guys are ridiculous if you think that the streets are gonna be clear within a few hours of a storm. Who died and made you Mother Nature that you can decide when and where it quits snowing? AND when was the last time PennDot/Public Works critized the way you do your job? No one is holding a gun to your head to stay in Pittsburgh—move to Florida if you dont want to deal with the snow. To PennDot/Public works, I say “YOU ROCK” and the next time someone says otherwise—-park your truck and ask them to get behind the wheel. I doubt you will have any takers….

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