PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Preparations are already underway in the city, county and surrounding areas for Sunday’s predicted snowstorm.
The brunt of the snow is supposed to hit our area Sunday night into Monday morning, but we are expecting to get some snow during the day.
Grocery stores were packed Saturday.
“I think because of the Super Bowl and people getting ready for that storm,” said one shopper.
We’re expecting to get hit with three to six inches of snow.
“I could’ve waited, but I might not have been able to get here Monday,” said another shopper.
Over at Rollier’s Hardware, snow supplies have been flying off the shelves.
“Rock salt is the least expensive item people will use, but we’ve sold calcium chloride and a lot of blended products, magnesium chloride, a lot of ice melt products for different surfaces,” said Doug Satterfield, of Rollier’s.
Satterfield says he’s sold two and a half trailer loads of product over the past two and a half days.
While folks are out preparing, so were PennDOT crews in Butler County.
“We’ll probably work guys Saturday to make sure we have everything ready to go Sunday night, just to make sure our mechanics and everything are… got all the trucks up and running,” said Bob Skrak, PennDOT’s Butler County maintenance manager.
The City of Pittsburgh Public Works crews say they have enough salt to make it through this round. Crews use 1,000 tons of rock salt for every inch. But they plan on mixing it with calcium chloride as things could freeze.
In the meantime, crews are asking for your help.
“If you live on a tertiary street, we ask folks if they need to get out Sunday night, Monday, park on a primary street,” said Pittsburgh Chief Operations Manager Guy Costa. “I think everyone in the neighborhood knows what primary streets are because we’re going to be concentrating all day Sunday on primary routes.”
The city plans to put out a Level Three Snow Alert around 6 in the morning Sunday.
“It’s going to be a 36-hour event until 6 p.m. Monday night. At that point, we have 36 hours because of the Level Three in order to get to all streets,” said Pittsburgh Public Works Director Mike Gable.
Crews will be working in 12-hour shifts, and around 45 trucks will be working starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, the city plans to have 96 vehicles out on the streets.
The city also wants to remind folks to park away from street corners, so salt trucks can get around them easily.
The city also asks residents to not shovel snow on the streets because that could cause an accident.
The city’s Snow Plow Tracker site will be up and running so you can track where the plows are in your neighborhood.