A winter storm packed a wallop last night, dumping anywhere from 11 to 20 inches across the region and today people are being warned to stay home and off the roadways. Allegheny County has declared a disaster emergency; conditions are treacherous and many roads are impassable. Also, power lines and trees are continuing to topple as the weight of the snow pulls them down. Duquesne Light is reporting more than 51,000 customers have lost power and Allegheny Energy says more than 100,000 customers are without service. Port Authority spokesperson Jim Ritchie says only one bus line -- between Swissvale and Penn Station-- is running this morning. He says if the roads aren't safe for cars, they're not safe for buses either and they will keeping buses in the garage until the roads are clearer. The T-Line has also been shut down.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Public Works director Rob Kaczorowski says they've been plowing snow all night, though "you wouldn't know it by looking at the roads." He says they'll continue to plow and clear the more than 100 fallen trees throughout the day. When the snowfall subsides later they'll begin a plow/salt regimen.
For those that have lost power and heat, the following warming stations are open to residents:
--Baldwin Borough Fire Station 105, 3049 Churchview Pittsburgh, PA 15227
--Elizabeth Twp. Fire Station 147, 425 Scenery Drive Elizabeth, PA 15037
--South Park Twp.
Fire Station 270, 1030 Cochrans Mill Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Fire Station 271, 6581 Library Road Pittsburgh, PA 15129
--White Oak Fire Station 300, 2916 Jacks Run Road White Oak, PA 15131
--Verona Fire Station 285, 465 Parker Street Verona, PA 15147
--Millvale Fire Station 191, 501 Lincoln Avenue Millvale, PA 15209
Fire Station 222, 5806 Verona Road Verona, PA 15147
Fire Station 223, 1731 Leechburg Road Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Fire Station 227, 125 Universal Road Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Senior Center -- 147 Jefferson Road Pittsburgh, PA
Yesterday, 11.4 inches of snow fell in Pittsburgh, and another 2-4 inches are expected this morning.