Western Pennsylvania wakes up to blanket of snow
True to the forecast, a snow storm dropped 2 to 4 inches in the region overnight, which had tapered off by 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Moon.
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PennDOT and municipal road crews worked throughout the night clearing many major roadways hours before the Thursday morning commute. However side streets and secondary roads were still covered in many areas before 7 a.m.
The region was under a winter weather advisory for snow which expired at 7 a.m. Thursday when the snowfall stopped.
A winter weather advisory will stay in effect for the ridge areas in Fayette County, northern West Virginia and Maryland until 10 a.m. Thursday.
More snow fell north of Allegheny County with 6 inches recorded in Center Township in Butler County, 51⁄2 inches in Kittanning, and 4 inches in the Harrison section of the Allegheny River, National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Redmond said.While the snow left the region early Thursday, cold air moved in and temperatures fell from 32 degrees at 4 a.m. to the mid-20s just a few hours later at 6 a.m., Redmond said.
During the morning commute, there was some blowing and drifting snow, he said. "Anybody out there, be a little cautious."
— Mary Ann Thomas
In Greensburg, there was about 2 1⁄2 inches of snow on the ground and 1 inch reported in Charleroi, Washington, County, Thursday morning. Closer to the Laurel Highlands in Westmoreland County, there was 5 inches of snow on the ground near Donegal.
For landscaping companies like Hribal's Land Maintenance, workers got out their shovels and snow blowers for the first time this season. Owner Ian Hribal and another employee started around 6 a.m. shoveling a section of sidewalk on South Maple Avenue in Greensburg.
"For the winter months, this is what most landscaping (companies) do," he said.
Both men were bundled up and finished their work there before the sun came up. Hribal said he expected to be shoveling for much of the morning.
"At least 'til lunchtime," he said.
— Renatta Signorini
John Diano of Wilkinsburg's Pennwood Paints is relieved that snow finally brings some demand for rock salt, which he's been well-stocked on through a couple mild winters. "I've been sitting on 2 or 3 pallets for a couple years," he says. pic.twitter.com/m3ZsIAIP9s— Matthew Santoni (@msantoni) December 14, 2017
At Pennwood Paints on Wilkinsburg's Wood Street, owner John Diano saw the snow as an opportunity to finally unload a few more bags of rock salt. Though usually a painter's supply store, Diano said he stocked salt for locals and older residents who'd rather not drive to big-box stores in East Liberty or Monroeville.
The past few mild winters have left Diano with a load of overstock when it came to salt, he said.
"I've been sitting on two or three pallets for a couple of years," said Diano, who's worked at the 80-year-old business for 30 years and owned it for the last seven. "You handle it because no one else around here - I guess, besides GetGo - has it," he said. "Some people, they're not going to travel six miles to save a dollar or two."
— Matthew Santoni