PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tens of thousands of people will soon be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the first real big blast of winter weather is going to have an impact.
Snow began falling in the region overnight, which effected the Tuesday morning commute.
As of 6 a.m., the main roads were mostly wet as crews continued to make their rounds on some of the side streets.
However, there were a couple of accidents reported around the area.
One of the biggest concerns for road crews was getting ahead of the storm.
PennDOT in Butler County reported no issues overnight as they were out pretreating the roads.
“Our guys are you know just like everybody else. We are getting ready for the holidays, getting ready for your families to come in. It’s a crazy time for us when the storms come in two days before a major holiday. It helps if it is taking the material across the road it helps to spread the material, but if it comes at the wrong time and we can’t get our trucks through, then it hurts us. We need the ability to get down, get through the roads and get our material on road to make it safer for everybody to pass,” Angelo Pampena of PennDOT said.
Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski had a very interesting take on the predictions for this storm.
The next band that is coming through reminds him of 2010’s “Snowmageddon.”
Airport Issues Travel Advisory
As far as the Thanksgiving holiday goes, many people plan on flying to their destinations. However, those flights may be impacted by the approaching storm.
Snowy conditions have caused some delays and cancelations across the country, which could impact air traffic in and out of Pittsburgh.
As a result, the Pittsburgh International Airport has issued a travel advisory for travelers.
The Pittsburgh International Airport has issued a travel advisory ahead of the storm.
Here’s what they are asking passengers to do:
- Arrive at least two hours before your flight.
- Do not to fly with any wrapped presents. You will have to unwrap them as you go through the security checkpoint, which could delay things even more than they are.
- Check your flight status before leaving for the airport.
Hundreds of flights have been canceled over the last 24 hours. Most of those flight cancellations and delays are happening in the south and west or with flights coming or going from those locations.
“This storm is supposed to be hitting the East Coast as well. When you have a lot of cancellations or delays hitting East Coast, it’s going to impact us here. We are expecting at least 5,000 to 6,000 people on Wednesday morning to be going through the checkpoint. So, you definitely want to plan ahead anyway and come early whether or not we have weather,” Airport Director of Communications JoAnn Jenny said.
While there were no reported delays as of 6 a.m., you can check your flight information by downloading the airport’s app. Just search for Pit Airport.
Many airlines have their own apps as well to allow you to check your flight status and sign up to get alerts via text mess ago, e-mail and phone.
You can also check your flight status on the airport’s website by clicking here: http://flypittsburgh.com/