PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Snow started moving into the Pittsburgh area early Wednesday morning and it stuck around for most of the day.
The National Weather Service has now cancelled a Winter Storm Warning for much of Pennsylvania, but Pittsburgh Public Works crews plans to continue treating the roads through Thursday.
They are concerned about ice with temperatures expected to drop below 20 degrees overnight. They are asking drivers to continue being cautious out on the roads.
As the snow moved through, snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain at times.
According to KDKA-TV Meteorologist Ron Smiley, Butler and Beaver Falls could see more than 10 inches of snow.
Here is the updated storm total snowfall map. This includes what has already fallen. pic.twitter.com/7Mkjuu9qLp
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) February 7, 2018
Meghan Schiller’s Report:
Changing precipitation caused a variety of problems. First, it rained before changing to snow and then back to rain again. That left everything coated in slush and ice.
The ice proved heavy for wires along Route 88 in Bethel Park. One utility pole was brought down, which closed the road for most of the morning between Logan Road and Sarah Street.
PennDOT and Pittsburgh road crews have been out all night.
Lisa Washington’s Report:
Motorists are being asked to use caution on the roads and to give plow trucks plenty of room.
Speed limits have been reduced to 45 mph for the following highways:
- Interstates 79, 279, 376 and 579
- U.S. Route 22/30
- Route 28
“PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly,” PennDOT said in a statement.
Many drivers who want to know if roads in their area have been cleared before they head out can find the information online.
PennDOT’s snow plow tracker can be found here: 511pa.com/PlowTrucks.aspx
The City of Pittsburgh has its own snow plow tracker. It goes online when Pittsburgh is under a snow alert.
When it’s active, it can be found here: city.temeda.com
Another round of snow is expected on Friday, which could bring another inch or so.
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