• As snowflakes arrive, PennDOT prepares for winter season


    Pittsburgh has yet to see any snow, but a storm system moving through Wednesday may change that.

    While Wednesday's snow won't be heavy, it's indicative that winter is right around the corner.

    PennDOT was out in Indiana County on Tuesday, showing off their equipment and talking about their preparations for the season.


    “We go through all our trucks, all our winter fleet, and we ensure they are ready to perform here as we go into winter,” said John Serian.

    Last year, only 32 inches of snow fell in Pittsburgh, which is below average for the season. Because PennDOT didn't need as much salt, the supply is well-stocked for this year. However, maintaining roadways requires a lot of manpower.


    “I have 42 trucks in the fleet with 42 snow routes to do then,” Serian said.

    Since 1950, only 10 years have seen at least a trace of snow for the first day of november. But a slow start doesn't mean a quiet season.

    As Channel 11 Chief Meteorologist Stephen Cropper said in his winter forecast, we are expecting above average snowfall this year.


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