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Snow Hits Pittsburgh, Causes Many Problems

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Carlins)

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Carlins)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More snow has hit the Pittsburgh area and caused a slew of headaches.

The first snowfall started around 10 a.m. and is expected to continue falling steadily throughout the afternoon.

About 1 to 3 inches of snow is expect in Pittsburgh, with a Winter Storm Warning is posted for the ridges in Fayette, Westmoreland, Garrett, Preston and Tucker Counties, where 3 to 6 inches will accumulate.

Traffic in many areas was slowed down, especially from the Parkway west to the West End.

“Today, just be prepared for a little extra time on that travel as roads may get a little slick out there this afternoon,” KDKA-TV Meteorologist Dennis Bowman said.

City of Pittsburgh road crews tried to prepare for the snow overnight by pre-treating roads, but even those pre-treated roads became extremely dangerous once the snow started falling and significantly slowed traffic.

The biggest problem is prioritizing what to cover. The main roads will get taken care of, but side streets like Bartow Street in the West End need to be taken care of as well, especially when the surface isn’t pavement.

Officials also say the the snow is falling so fast that once they treat a road, they have to back and immediately treat it again. The Parkway west seems to be one of the worst areas for driving today and at points looks more like a parking lot than a road.

Around 2:30 p.m., the Port Authority also said that some areas are reporting bus delays of up to 60 to 90 minutes, but most areas and the T are being served.

Friday, temperatures will drop back to about 16 degrees overnight with snow diminishing to flurries.

Saturday will be cloudy with a few flurries and a high of 25 degrees and rounding out the weekend, partly sunny weather will return Sunday with a high of 29 degrees.

We will have to be watchful for the next system, which will throw a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet into the area for Monday morning. But eventually that will turn to all rain as the temperature warms to about 42.

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