Storm of the Century
Blizzard of March 12-13,1993
Brutal winds and intense snow were characteristic of the blizzard which brought Pittsburgh to a
standstill on March 12-13, 1993. This storm, which closed airports and highways alike, produce snowfall with rates of 2-3 inches per hour. Pittsburgh temperatures reached a record low of 1 degree. The total snow
accumulation was a shocking 24.6 inches. In the blizzard's two day period, one-third of the total yearly snowfall for 1993 had fallen. (Total snowfall in 1993 was 76.7 inches.) Pittsburgh residents were advised to stay
off the roads and indoors if possible.
Snowfall of this magnitude constituted an emergency situation which required immediate disaster relief. Public Works met this challenge by plowing and removing snow,
salting streets and checking for icy conditions. Crews worked around the clock to restore safe driving conditions, and Pittsburgh streets quickly returned to normal.
Public Works achieved a great accomplishment by
managing the "Storm of the Century". Teamwork and dedication were exemplified by all ranks of Public Works employees. This is an outstanding example of how the Department of Public Works strove to "get
the job done" and succeeded.