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It snowed in Pittsburgh...

The weather reports predicted 10-12" of snow for Pittsburgh yesterday. Because most recent predictions of dire snow have turned up about half the predicted snowfall, many disbelieved. We ended up getting 21.5" in the city (some areas reported up to 30", even). Needless to say, we were all quite unprepared for this.

Sadly, neither the UB nor I thought about this impending snowstorm last evening. A bit of background, my house is the very last house at the end of a dead-end alleyway. We are last in the list of streets to plow and salt. Last winter, the street was a permanent river of ice for about 2 months. And even when the weather is great, getting in or out of the narrow alleyway requires driving backwards, very carefully past sometimes badly parked cars. So, normally we just don't park on this street, opting for the very convenient weird lot nearby instead.

Back to this story. The UB decided to park in front of the house for once yesterday. And when I got home, I didn't think, "Oh hey, this is probably a bad idea... I should move it." And now my street looks like this:



Further, the weather report is telling us that not only is the snow not melting for the conceivable future, we're expecting a lot more snow in the next week. Good thing we don't really need the car!

So today we decided to go wandering around the neighborhood taking pictures of the Southside. And here are a few selected ones.

Beautiful view in the back of the Southside Works towards the river through the park:



The snow was a very heavy, wet snow, which is danger for unprepared structures. We saw many downed awnings all over the Southside. This was the outdoor stage for the Southside Works courtyard, but the snow collapsed the roof:



The heavy snow also took down branches of trees all over the place. The branch that was broken off was at the foot of this tree:



But worse, the falling branches and trees took out many power lines, leaving many without power (at the time of this writing, I have seen many tweets about and from those who have been without power and heat for 24 hours). Fortunately this tree only two blocks from my house seemed to only take down a telephone line to Cupka's:



Because of this lack of power and heat being so widespread, the city set up a number of "Warming Shelters" where people could stay to survive tonight's cold temperatures of 8F. For us, this is the Ormsby Recreation Center. We saw some of the preparations to set this up during our walk:



And everywhere there were people out walking, getting out of the house to see their own covered streets, and taking in the sun that followed the storm:



In fact, there were a lot of people in the main stretch of Carson:



And even some folks who were totally insane and on their bicycles:



We took a break ourselves in the very crowded Fatheads Saloon! After 3 beers and dinner, we meandered home in the sunset.

The full set of the pictures (there are many of them!) are here. Enjoy!
Tags: pittsburgh southside snow
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