Fay-West braces for more winter weather; Connellsville South Side residents asked to use city's emergency snow removal plan
By Karl Polacek
Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 9:24 p.m.
Snow, snow and more snow.
When Fay-West residents awoke on Monday morning that's what they saw.
With more than five inches of snow falling to the ground from Sunday night into Monday, Fay-West area schools canceled on Monday and crews worked to keep the roads passable. Emergency personnel were called to weather related accidents and calls throughout the night and day.
Jay Ofsanik, safety press officer for PennDOT District 12 in Uniontown, said Monday's snow piled up faster than anticipated. Forecasts on Sunday were calling for only 1 to 3 inches.
That soon proved untrue.
“Our crews were out but the snow was coming down pretty heavy,” said Ofsanik, who added by Monday afternoon, roads were in good condition as crews caught up.
He suggested motorists plan to “leave a couple of minutes early” whenever bad winter weather is forecast.
Connellsville crews worked hard to clear city roads.
Connellsville City officials are asking residents on the South Side to use the city's emergency snow removal plan and to park their cars on one side of the street on odd and even days — starting odd with Monday and even Tuesday.
Mayor Greg Lincoln said the street department is making this request because it wanted to be proactive on snow removal.
“This will enable our street department to plow every street on the South Side. We all saw what happened a few years ago in Pittsburgh when it snowed like it did today in Connellsville. Streets were not plowed and first responders had to ask residents who called 911 for help to walk down the street to get help. We do not want this to happen in Connellsville. A little inconvenience will be worth it to ensure all of our first responders are able to travel on every street in the city. We hope residents understand why we are asking them do this during snowstorms. Our street department is doing a fantastic job with snow removal right now too.”
Lincoln said if any resident has any questions they can call the street department at 724-628-2020, ext. 301.
A water main break was reported early Monday in Connellsville Township in the 900 block of Hillcrest Street. The township road crew went out and said that PA Water would be digging on both sides of the road to find the break. Only one customer was affected, according to Josephine Posti of Pennsylvania American Water. The break was fixed by 3:30 p.m. Monday.
And don't think a break in the weather is coming later in the week — it's not.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh says brace yourself — more winter weather may be on the way. But what that may be will all depend on the temperatures.
Right now, the NWS is looking rain on Tuesday night, possibly changing into freezing rain and then snow which will continue into Wednesday morning.
“It depends very much on the temperature,” said NWS Meteorologist Fred McMullen. “Just a degree or two will make a big difference.”
McMullen said the rain will change to frozen precipitation around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
The low is forecast to be around 30 degrees with a high of about 38 on Wednesday afternoon.
Meteorologist Brad Rehak said it appears the freezing rain and snow will turn back to rain by Wednesday night.
Rehak said it is too early to judge what the next weather system would bring. It might possibly arrive on Sunday and be similar to what is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3538.
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