Winter Weather Returns This Weekend

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A winter weather advisory is in effect in our area for the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, the area is under an advisory from 6 p.m. tonight through 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

The region is expected to get 2 to 4 inches of snow. The first snowfall is expected to begin Friday night, and will make untreated surfaces snow-covered and slippery. An inch of accumulation is expected Friday night with the low around 25 degrees.

The second snowfall—occuring early Saturday into Saturday night—can add up to 3 more inches of snow accumulation and be accompanied by gusty winds. Winds could cust as high as 28 miles per hour.

Wind chills of close to 0 degrees are expected by Saturday night. There will be a chance for snow showers on Sunday before 5 p.m. Sunday's high will be 27 degrees and the low will be 16 degrees.

crews in Allegheny County are preparing Friday by pre-treating heavily traveled state-owned roadways. Trucks are being mounted with plows for what is expected to an accumulating snow storm. Adequate salt and material supplies are on hand and equipment has been checked to ensure mechanical readiness. Full crews are out and will remain out treating roadways around-the-clock as needed this weekend.

Extremely cold temperatures could create challenges for motorists, particularly on Saturday evening. PennDOT urges motorists to use caution and slow down on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which tend to freeze before roadways.   

“We are prepared in anticipation of rapidly changing conditions as temperatures drop over the weekend,” said Jeff Karr, assistant district executive for maintenance. “Our crews will be out full force, but with predictions of up to four inches of accumulation and the possibility of ice, we urge drivers to use caution.”

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Mike Jones February 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
UPDATE: The National Weather Service has extended its winter weather advisory in effect for southwestern Pennsylvania until 1 p.m. on Sunday.


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