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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Snow has been moving into the area and by the time the flakes stop falling, parts of the area could see more than six-inches of snow

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the area — including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango and Washington Counties.

The advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

KDKA Meteorologist Dennis Bowman says he expects to see 1- to 2-inches by the evening rush hour across most of southwestern Pennsylvania. “More snow is going to be spreading across the area. [It's] going to bring those visibilities down, too. It’s going to accumulate pretty quickly as we get into this during the afternoon.”

The heaviest snow will likely come just in time for the afternoon rush hour, which could make the ride home a bit tricky for commuters.

Road crews, however, say they’ve been getting ready for the storm.

PennDOT crews have been loading up salt trucks to prepare; but spokesman Jay Ofsanik is asking drivers to use extra caution.

“Obviously they have to remember to leave a little extra time,” Ofsanik adds, “travel a little bit slower, be aware of the conditions of the road. Our trucks will be out there, but obviously as they’re working through the area, some areas could get more precipitation and the roads could get a little bit icy. So if they slow down, watch the people in front of them [and] drive cautiously, they should be able to get home safe.”

With more snow expected to fall tonight and into tomorrow, Bowman says he expects most of the Pittsburgh area to see between 3- to 5-inches of accumulation by the time the flakes stop falling.

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