There's the potential for icy roads, but crews say they're prepared.By Amy Wadas

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Roadways could be an issue Tuesday for people heading out and about.

In Washington, snow was starting to stick to grassy areas in the morning.

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And early morning in Butler County, there was a mix of rain and snow for some time overnight, but that transitioned completely to snow around 4 a.m.

The transition of rain to snow can make it tricky for drivers on the road with icy and slick spots being dangerous. It’s a challenge for road crews when it rains before it snows, because they can’t pre-treat the roads — the rain will just wash it away.

In Cranberry, that didn’t seem to cause any problems.

“The ground was warm enough. That salt, really once it got down, it worked really well. We didn’t have any icing over,” said Cranberry Township Public Works Director Kelly Maurer.

Crews told KDKA’s Lindsay ward they were prepared for the winter weather.

“We anticipate they’re going to be out all day through the evening rush hour,” said Maurer.

Drivers were advised to give themselves extra time Tuesday morning, and have their ice scrapers handy as temperatures will be near or below freezing.

KDKA also talked to PennDOT in Butler County. They say they have 41 trucks out and that their drivers are working in shifts.

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Strict protocols are also in place because of the pandemic, and that’s something Cranberry Township is taking seriously as well.

“Wearing their mask and doing everything possible. Everybody tried to stay close during the holiday. We had nobody go out of state and they’re really taking this seriously and our crew is doing a tremendous job making sure they can be here to maintain the roads for the township,” said Maurer.

With the snow expected to continue, crews will remain out, and as always, they’ll keep a close eye on conditions.


In Allegheny County, PennDOT says they will have 75 trucks ready to hit the road despite there being less traffic on the roads due to the pandemic.

Steve Shanley, Allegheny County’s Public Works Director, says his team has 26 trucks ready to go as well.

As of noon, the county’s public works crews say they haven’t had any reported issues, but they’ll be monitoring the conditions all day.

“We will be out throughout the day salting the roads as needed. The temperature will be dropping and wind is picking up, so there will be a better chance of icy conditions throughout the county,” said Shanley.

The ice is the main concern Tuesday, which is why public works crews with the county encourage everyone to slow down, leave enough space between the vehicle in front of you and allow enough room for the salt trucks to do their job.

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