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Local Officials, Road Crews Prep For Possible Winter Storm

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Cold, snowy, gusty winds – it’s been an ugly, endless winter. And that was the scene early Thursday afternoon in the Strip District.

“It’s time for me to think about becoming a little bird that flies down to Florida Jan. 1 and flies back May 1,” said one Pittsburgher.

Yeah, we’re all sick of it. But have you heard the latest?

Several inches of snow could be in the forecast for late this weekend and into the beginning of next week.

We’ve been through a lot worse.

Remember Snowmagedden? That brought two feet of snow just four years ago.

Twenty-one years ago, in March of 1993, we got another two feet. It came down during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

For the guys responsible for keeping our roads clear, this has been a nightmarish winter.

“We have crews on standby to be able to have overtime available as we look to see if this is going to hit Saturday into Sunday, or Sunday into Monday,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen. We have our trucks ready, our drivers ready, our schedule ready,” added Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We’ll be out there doing the things our public work crews have been doing all winter.”

Dan Cessna, District Executive for PennDOT District 11 and Guy Costa, Director of Operations for the City of Pittsburgh joined KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about prepping for the coming snow.

With many communities low on salt supplies, how are PennDOT’s? Cessna says they are “in good shape going into the weekend.”

Costa says that his staff is getting ready for the snow and once it starts falling, “we’ll have our plows on the streets for the next couple days.”

He adds, “we will consistently be in a plow mode and then once the storm ends then we’ll go into treating the streets with the combination salt, sand, and crushed limestone with liquid calcium.

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