The Flakes are Flying Now
Cranberry residents can expect up to three inches of snow to fall this evening with another 1 to 2 inches overnight.
It’s heeee-errrre …
The snow promised by the National Weather Service arrived right on schedule in Cranberry Township.
The flakes started falling around 2 p.m. and quickly covered roads with no signs of slowing down.
Meteorologist Brad Rehak said the community should see up to three inches of snow by this evening with an additional 1 to 2 inches falling overnight. More snow also in is the forecast throughout the day Wednesday with an 80 percent chance of precipitation. Rehak said another 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible.
Jason Daily, Cranberry’s director of public works, also has been paying close attention to the weather forecast. His crews, he said, began planning for the snowfall early Monday afternoon.
“They forecasted this pretty close to the minute it started happening,” he said of weather reports.
Daily said road crew members work in three shifts to keep the coverage on township roads continuous. The first shift begins at 4 a.m. and the last shift ends around 8 p.m.
If needed, he said, the crews from the second shift would remain salting the roads until late in the evening.
“The forecast has snow coming tomorrow, through late afternoon and into the evening,” he said. “We’re going to make sure we have guys who are fresh and available throughout the duration of the event.”
There’s no fear the township will run out of salt for the roads.
Daily said an additional 2,000 tons of salt recently were delivered to the township’s public works building.
In a typical year, he said, the township uses 4,500 tons salt. However, because of last year’s heavy snowfall, the township wound up using more than 6,000 tons.
In 2011, Daily isn’t’ taking any chances. This latest delivery brings the township’s salt levels up to 6,500 tons, which is the limit the building can hold.
“It’s always better to err on the side of caution,” he said.
Several evening activities at the municipal building also have been canceled because of the weather. This includes the Kinderdance and Youth Combo dance programs, the Little Linguists Global Language program and the Discover Hope Here meeting.
The Cranberry Historical Society also has canceled tonight’s meeting.