A major Northeast snowstorm is expected to drop 4 to 6 inches on the Pittsburgh region as early as Monday afternoon.
Wet snow fell Sunday night as the temperature hovered above freezing. It was forecast to drop below 32 degrees by 2 a.m., with intense snow showers arriving hours before the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service in Moon.
Scattered snow showers could linger until Tuesday, said Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist for the weather service.
“We’re going to get hit with a fairly decent shot of snow here in the next 12 hours,” Hendricks said Sunday afternoon. “Just be patient and give yourself a lot of time.”
The Pittsburgh area was expected to receive an inch or two of snow Sunday evening and 2 to 4 inches more by Monday morning. One to 2 more inches could fall during the day, and more is possible overnight. The high temperature for the day is forecast to be 34 degrees, with a low of 23 degrees. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Monday.
Pittsburgh issued a Snow Level 2 alert in anticipation of the forecast snowfall before 3 p.m. Monday.
Crews would be working 12-hour shifts, city officials said.
Allegheny County officials said they are prepared to handle the snow.
“We will have 22 trucks out — every available truck in the county, if necessary. Our public works folks are monitoring closely and will extend shifts and overlap as appropriate as the heavy snow moves in,” said Amie Downs, a county spokeswoman.
County crews will focus on primary roads and bridges first, before shifts move to secondary routes, she said.
Staff writer Rick Wills contributed. Aaron Aupperlee is a Trib Total Media staff writer.