Storm Catches Many By Surprise

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Snow was in the forecast, but the amount seemed to take everyone by surprise.

Road crews were among those surprised as conditions got so bad that drivers were forced to ditch their cars.

On Interstate 279 abandoned cars still littered both sides of the road Tuesday morning.

While road conditions are improving, those abandoned vehicles need to be removed. Road crews were unable to properly plow or treat parts of the road due to abandoned cars in the left lane as well as the breakdown lane.

What didn’t help matters was the holiday on Monday. Initially predicted to be a minor storm, it intensified as it closed in on western Pennsylvania.

The snow rapidly started to coat the roadways and crews were forced to react to it.

“We still had to battle some rush hour traffic, but it hurt because we had a skeleton crew out. Our blue collar people were off [Monday] so we had to call people in to work the holiday when it started to snow,” Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski said.

Tow crews are currently working to remove the vehicles from I-279.


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  • William Campbell

    They knew a storm was coming, but only had a skeleton crew out. Smart.

  • Daniel

    If the local weather forecasters had looked at and viewed the weather map in motion they would have seen a band of snow from Pittsburgh to near Indianapolis Indiana. Told my wife early yesterday that this was going to be a big one. Where do our local weather forecasters get the wrong info from?

    • nanny

      The wiji board

      • Joe

        That’s Ouija, smart guy.

  • Ray

    What happened to all the emergency plans skippy the wonder mayor and kazeroski had worked on since the last blizzard???
    I love how well maintained the emergency snow routes were taken care of !!!
    And what is kazeroski talking about most people were off for presidents day?
    The city was almost entirely business as usual. My trash was even picked up as usual.
    The federal and state employees get off not the city!
    Time for a new boss

    • c'mon ray get real

      The city county building was closed, most city employees were off. That’s what he means.

  • Greg T.

    Seriously, Meateorolgists have all this big???!! I hope our defense dept. doesn’t use viper radar or we are in big trouble!!!!

  • jeff verszyla

    Sorry, I freak out over 2″ of snow then I downplay probably the biggest storm this winter. Again sorry Folks. Hey I’m right about 20% of the time..

  • Bob Kudzma

    That’s ok jeff, i guessed everyday too.

  • expittsburgh pretty much called it all along. I hope nobody actually uses our local weather to get a true forecast.

  • Joe Dinardo

    i would say i told you so, but…

    nobody listens

  • margie

    Please get me a job as a weather girl. I don’t have to do it right to get paid hey

  • Penny

    GIve them a break, we have all been wrong if our life… If cars that didnt have to be out would have stayed home, tractor trailers would have pulled off before they got stuck knowing that they are prone to being stuck, then maybe they could have done their job better… If YOu guys worked for the state and had to go to work on a governmental holiday you would be ticked about having to work and the sno.

  • Debby

    Hey the groundhog was wrong too :-)
    Whats the BIG deal…so we got some snow…it is February people! What did they do and who did they blame when they didn’t have weather forecasters or TV?

    • Debbie

      Debby, they probably blamed GOD.

  • John J Johnson

    I like how KDKA is still using the “tweets” from last night on the CW this morning. Why don’t you get some new “tweets” and see how mad people are.

    I understand it was a fast moving storm, but they should have done a better job. What did they do, go to a community college for a “meteorologist degree”?

  • dave

    it’s a shame that your pompous,arrogant,condecending chief meteorologist cant predict a storm when its sitting on top of us. quit being so pompous and do your job.

  • Bob McBob

    All these so-called “meteorologists” need to be fired for their utter incompetence. Even with their DopplerTrackerRadarSnowscopeVegOMatic3000’s they’re unable to figure out what to expect as far as snow goes until AFTER it’s fallen. They would be better off throwing darts at map of Western PA.

    • Debbie

      Come on idiots, they were predicting this storm for days , they were only wrong on the amount, nobody can control that. Again we live in Pennsylvania, if we can’t bear it we should move. I have a question! How many people were on the roads last night that didn’t need to be out? Probably lots. Then they complain. Nobody can predict perfectly what mother nature will do. Fire people?” come on now”

      • Bob McBob

        They were predicting 1/3 of the snow we actually got, and you think that’s OK? Had people known how bad it was going to get they most likely would have been off the f’ing roads in the first place.

        By the way, when you have a question you use a question mark and not an exclamation mark… “come one now”.


  • Dennis Bowman

    only three?

  • H Wright

    Come on are you people afraid of snow storms? You live in pittsburgh! If your not used to this yet move south or quit your crying!!!

  • Vincent Vega

    Good job guys! 2-4 inches, huh? Also, I love the caption of this article on your home page, “Crews Caught By Surprise”. How about “Worthless Pittsburgh Meteorologists Caught By Surprise”. Maybe the crews weren’t prepared because they listened to your worthless forecast….

  • Peggy

    My son passed many PennDot and local snow plows driving around NOT plowing and NOT laying salt last night as he made his way home in the midst of the storm. They were out there, just not doing anything – poor management.

  • M.Y.

    The Ravenstahl “snow routes” were a failure, …unless those routes were supposed to have 8 inches of snow on them, then they were a success.

    Sounds like a paycut for county public works is in order.

  • Anna

    Well at least Julie is honest about how she got the job.

  • Michael Scott

    7.9 inches last night – that’s what she said!

    • Robin

      HA HA HA HA HA

  • Wayne

    People forget that they need snow tires in the winter. Remember,it snows here every winter. All season tires don’t work on heavy snow. They still sell tire chains, remember what we did before front wheel drive and all wheel drive?


    I am definately in the wrong career. I should have been a Meteorologist. Where else can you be wrong the majority of the time and still have job security. The forecasters here in Pittsburgh are a joke. No matter what the season is, they find a way to mislead the general public.


  • Mr. Snow Miser

    Bring back studded snow tires.

  • Alison Morris

    The issue with me is not the amount of snow, it is that the snow stopped around midnight last night, and at 6 AM, most of the roads were still not touched, such as Route 8 in Gibsonia, a 4 lane major highway. My neighborhood street was more clear than a major Pennsylvania highway. I guess everyone put away the winter equipment last week when it was 70 degrees.

    • Stretch

      Just an FYI: It did stop, but it also started up again around 1 a.m. Not disputing the rest of what you say though. The condition of downtown and Oakland streets is simply inexcusable given the amount of time from the last major snowfall in the wee hours to this morning’s commute.

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