Friday, November 23, 2012
During storms, interstates and expressways are PennDOT’s primary focus and equipment may be redirected to these routes during significant winter events.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
As the winter and holiday travel seasons approach, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced that the department has 5,400 operators and more than 2,250 trucks ready for winter weather, and encouraged motorists to join in preparations for the season. “PennDOT’s primary goal during winter weather is keeping our nearly 40,000 miles of roadway passable, which means they won’t necessarily be free of ice and snow during storms,” Schoch said. “Getting through winter safely is a shared responsibility between us and our customers, so I encourage motorists to be sure they’re ready for whatever conditions we’ll face this winter.” During storms, interstates and expressways are PennDOT’s primary focus and equipment may be redirected to these routes …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
National Weather Service had forecast freezing rain, sleet and snow for Thursday morning.
UPDATE: The winter weather advisory issued for Thursday has been lifted. EARLIER STORY: The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m Thursday that calls for a mix of light freezing rain, sleet and snow. A coating of up to one-tenth of an inch of freezing rain could accumulate, the weather service stated on its website. "A winter weather advisory means that snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties," the National Weather Service said. "Use caution while driving and report snow and ice accumulation to use the National Weather Service by calling toll free 1-877-633-6772."
Friday, January 20, 2012
Salt trucks with plows ready to tackle 62 miles of township roads.
As the midday sun shone brightly, the workers who plow and salt Richland Township's roads were inside, eating lunch and watching KDKA weatherman Dennis Bowman on TV as he gave his forecast for the winter storm moving into the area this evening. Their trucks already were filled with salt. Public Works Superintendent Jerry Reichart is a veteran of watching weather reports in anticipation of sending out the trucks to clear 62 miles of township roads. "We're in good shape as far as having enough salt, and our equipment is in good shape," said Reichart. But what he really wants is to get a few messages out: "Please don't park on the street" is at the top of the list. "Don't shovel your snow onto the street, especially when it's cold like this…
Monday, March 7, 2011
Flooding problems were minimal compared to snow- and ice-related incidents.
First there was the snow and ice and umpteen traffic accidents. Then came the rain, a little bit of flooding, and not too many problems. When it comes to weather, Pine and Richland townships have had a variety pack of snow, sleet, rain and ice. That mix of weather soon translates into traffic accidents. The rain early last week caused a few problems on Route 910 and Pearce Mill Road in Pine Township, said Northern Regional Police Chief Robert Amann. One lane of each had to be closed for a short time because of flooding, he said, but the roads remained open. He commended the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for its work on the state-maintained roads. “They responded in a timely fashion,” said Amann. The big snowstorm in late …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Bradley Livezey of Wexford died in morning crash on snowy, icy road.
The driver of a blue Toyota was killed Tuesday morning after colliding with a pickup truck on Route 910 in Pine Township, according to Northern Regional Police Department. Killed in the crash was 56-year-old Bradley Livezey of Wexford, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. Livezey was a curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh where he specialized in birds. Lt. John Love of the Northern Regional Police Department said the Toyota was heading westbound on Route 910 this morning in snowy and icy weather when the operator lost control and traveled into the eastbound lane sideways. A red truck traveling eastbound ran into the Toyota's driver-side door, said Love. The driver and passenger in the …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Winter weather advisory in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Freezing rain this evening could result in an accumulation of up to one-tenth inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service. A winter weather advisory -- which means snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties -- remains in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service stated. It warns motorists to be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility. Motorists can also expect areas of dense fog through this evening as moist air and light winds combine with temperatures that are near or above freezing over snow-covered ground, according to NWS. Windy conditions are expected to develop Wednesday afternoon and evening with 1 to 2 inches of snow possible, the weather service stated.
Kindergarten classes on modified schedule.
Pine-Richland schools are opening two hours late this morning and kindergarten classes are on a modified schedule as a winter storm warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. The National Weather Service is predicting an accumulation of one-quarter to one-half inch of ice. Freezing rain is forecast for this morning; the weather service says it may become very light this afternoon and turn into a very light rain. Motorists are warned that ice on untreated roads creates hazardous driving conditions. A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected, according to the National Weather Service.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Freezing rain, snow and rain forecasted.
A winter storm warning – meaning significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected – goes into effect at 7 p.m. tonight, according to the National Weather Service. “This will make travel very hazardous or impossible,” the weather service stated on its website. The warning remains in effect until 5 p.m Tuesday. Light snow is expected to begin tonight, mixing with sleet and then freezing rain by Tuesday morning, said the National Weather Service. Freezing rain is forecast for Tuesday, then a change to rain is expected later in the day, NWS states, adding that the rain might mix back to freezing rain briefly Tuesday night. The National Weather Service predicts one-quarter to one-half inch of ice and 1 to 3 inches of snow. “Ice and …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Motorists and pedestrians warned to look out for icy conditions.
A wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet is expected this morning as temperatures hover around the freezing mark, the National Weather Service warns in a special weather statement. The freezing rain and sleet are expected to diminish by this afternoon, according to the weather service. "Any untreated surface could be icy, so motorists and pedestrians should take caution while traveling," the statement said. PennDOT crews across the state have made final checks on their fleet of more than 2,200 trucks in preparation for a mixed bag of winter precipitation, according to a press release from acting PennDOT Secretary Scott Christie. “Our crews are prepared to tackle whatever winter conditions come our way,” Christie said. “We also urge …