PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Despite the snow, road crews were able to stay ahead of this storm and there were no major accidents this morning.
However, that doesn’t mean people aren’t tired of the shoveling and snow blowing, especially this late in the season.
Crews started pre-treating roads last night and into this morning in anticipation of the heavy snowfall and it appears to have worked.
“In this point in the winter, hopefully this is the last snowfall, but we pretty much have our system down,” Jim Struzzi with PennDOT said.
The persistent snowfall began around 2 a.m., but just as quickly as it came down PennDOT crews and independently-owned plow trucks were there to take care of it.
“It’s slippery underneath. It’s a very heavy snow that even though the trucks are heaving, it’s pushing them around a lot and stuff like that so you [have to] plow it a little different and it takes a little longer,” plow driver Damian Nunimaker said.
The salted roadways like Route 88 in Bethel Park resulted in a slushy mixture as morning commuters cautiously made their way.
Mark Lefever had to break out his snow blower for the first time this season to clear the multiple inches on the sidewalks in Mount Lebanon.
“Wet, heavy so that was surprising. That shocked me. I didn’t think it would be that heavy, thought it would be a lot lighter,” Lefever said.
Numerous school delays made for lighter rush hour traffic as well.
PennDOT said there were very few minor accidents due to snowy conditions.
Crews are now working on removing the snow from the shoulders so that when this snow melts, the drains can handle it.