Snow Snarls Rush; Closes Most Schools But Not Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh region woke up to snow with more falling. So why didn't the city schools close when most others did?

People in Southwestern PA woke up to snow that continued through rush hour, covering streets, snarling traffic, and closing most but not all schools in the region. Even main roads were snow covered, and some residential streets hadn't been touched by mid-morning. That's my street in the picture above -- you can't see the street, but it starts at the front bumper of the white car.

The amount of snow on the ground varied by location, but by 9 am we had a little over three inches in Ross Township and it was still snowing.

Most schools closed for the day. Some started out with delays then shut down when it became clear buses might not be able to get to their stops because of the snowy roads and traffic.

Notably, the Pittsburgh Public Schools did not delay or close. A notice on their website says they didn't because "students and buses had already begun the morning commute before the snow began to fall in Pittsburgh." Chief of Operations Pam Capretta told KDKA-TV that the roads were relatively dry at 6 am and by the time the roads started to get bad around 7 am they were "past the point of no return" in terms of cancelling. Students who are late or can't make it to school because of the weather will receive an excused absence.

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