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Snow Could Complicate Wednesday Morning Commutes, City Says It's Ready

Gene J. Puskar
A resident of Greenfield brushes snow off a car.

Pittsburgh is expected to get as much as 5 inches of snow overnight and into Wednesday morning's commute – and the city says it's prepared.

Crews are expected to be out treating city streets by 10 p.m. Tuesday, with as many as 70 snow plows, salt trucks and other vehicles deployed, the Department of Public Works reported.

According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, the city is under a winter weather advisory, with anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow expected between 2 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Ice accumulations and freezing rain are also possible.

Public Works Department Director Mike Gable said residents should be wary of traveling, even on treated roads.

“I know people have to go to work, but maybe think about public transportation or the light rail system, things of that nature, where we have less vehicles possibly on the road,” Gable said.

Many of the region's schools were either on a delay or closed Wednesday, including Pittsburgh Public Schools. 

NWS has recorded 34 inches of snow in the Steel City so far this season. 

The city plans to extend live operator hours for its 311 line, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. People can also send requests and updates via Twitter and check the live snow plow tracker map for real-time street conditions. 

90.5 WESA's Kathleen Davis contributed to this report.

*This story was updated at 9 a.m. Feb. 7, 2018. 

Sarah Kovash previously worked as a web producer for KDKA-TV, as a freelance journalist for the Valley News Dispatch covering local government throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley and at NPR station KPBS in San Diego.
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