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PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 13, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) has issued a Level 1 Snow Alert effective Noon on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.

The City of Pittsburgh Snow Plow Tracker was activated at Noon today. Afternoon crews (2 p.m. – 10 p.m. shift) have been deployed to pre-treat roads in all six street maintenance divisions. Overnight crews will be called in early and work a 12-hour shift from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Approximately 54 vehicles will be treating streets until 10 p.m. Tuesday, then 45 vehicles will work the overnight shift.

The weather event is expected to last from Noon Tuesday until approximately Midnight on Wednesday morning. The current forecast is calling for 1″-2″ of wet snow. Temperatures are expected to range from 28-32 °F. Streets will be treated with a rock salt and liquid calcium chloride mixture.

Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Wednesday morning.

Winter Storm Levels & 311 Response Center

The Department of Public Works classifies storm conditions into Winter Storm Levels. Levels determine the required response timeframe for a given snowstorm. Based on the Storm Levels, it will be expected that all streets will be serviced with clearly defined response times.

Depending on the severity or level of the weather event it can take up to 48 hours to treat the streets with salt and/or calcium chloride after a snow/ice event.

Level 1 Event (1 – 3″): Crews have 24 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.

Level 2 Event (3 – 6″): Crews have 32 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.

Level 3 Event (6 – 10″): Crews have 48 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.

Level 4 Event (> than 10″): Calls will not be taken until weather event drops to a Level 3 (6-10″).

Residents should contact the 311 Response Center if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm. The 311 response center is open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. M-F for non-emergency concerns or inquiries, such as reports of downed trees or water main breaks.

Residents are reminded to visit the Snow Resource Center for all weather related information.

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