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Snow Causes Whiteout Conditions On Local Roads

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Here we go again.

Everywhere you look, winter has really left its mark.

“Typical Pittsburgh weather,” said one man. “To me it’s just normal.”

Snow is pretty normal for January, but a whiteout around 5 p.m. in Robinson Township Saturday, well that caused the typically unfazed to take notice.

“The roads are bad, everybody’s going about 40 miles per hour; it’s as fast as you can go,” said Phil Schollaert, of Midway.

Road crews are everywhere doing their best to keep up. But no matter how many times you plow and salt, if the white stuff keeps falling, you’re going to get a buildup.

And with poor visibility, drivers like Terrance DeJesus found himself exchanging insurance information.

“I went to go get into the other lane and it’s whited out, so you can’t see as far, and I kind of hit the mirror in the side,” said DeJesus.

Plow trucks in Mount Lebanon are trying to avoid hitting cars in general, so the police have said cars won’t be allowed to stay on the street overnight.

On Mount Washington, at least one couple decided to walk instead of drive, in part because of her fondness for Old Man Winter.

“I love this weather, it could be six months of winter and I’d be perfectly happy,” said Barbara Lewin, of Mount Washington.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says that Public Works crews are working 12 hour shifts and there will be 56 trucks out until 4 a.m. Sunday.

They are spreading a combination of liquid calcium mixed with rock salt.

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