As winter storm system sets in, Pittsburghers pack groceries for last-minute items – CBS Pittsburgh

By: Erika Stanish/KDKA-TV

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Residents across the region came out Saturday to stock up on groceries and salt ahead of the snowstorm.

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Kuhn’s Market in the Banksville section of town was packed with shoppers, with some describing it as a “zoo”.

“People are looking for the same things: bread and milk,” said Brookline resident Alex Jordan.

Some shoppers told KDKA-TV that queues were much longer than usual, even at the deli.

“It was a good 25 minutes,” Beechview resident Carol Bell said. “Everyone’s hearing snow in Pittsburgh and they’re all exhausted…like we’re going to be living at home for a month now.”

The blizzard could be the biggest snow event of the year. As residents prepare, so do public works crews.

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“We will have at least 30 trucks on the roads, and we will adjust them according to the storm,” said Stephen Shanley, director of public works for Allegheny County.

Shanley said crews will be on site 24/7 until the storm subsides. He added that it is an advantage that the storm falls during the holidays.

“Between Sunday and Monday, we think it’s an advantage for us that our drivers can deal with the roads without being stuck in traffic. We think it’s a plus to be able to process roads faster and more efficiently,” Shanley said.

He said traffic during last week’s storm delayed road clearing faster in Allegheny County.

“It happened just at rush hour. So our trucks couldn’t follow their routes efficiently like they usually do,” Shanley said.

Allegheny County Public Works said it had 8,000 tons of salt and 3,000 tons of liquid calcium chloride.

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“It takes about 2.5 hours for our truckers to make their journeys and fill up with new salt. So there could be a build up and we want everyone to be careful on our roads,” Shanley said. “We encourage people to stay home if you can. But if not, drive according to road and weather conditions and leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.

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