Potential For Ice Remains As Storm Moves In

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Depending on where you live, you could see rain, snow or a icy combination of the two Tuesday morning.

According to KDKA-TV Meteorologist Dennis Bowman, precipitation is falling across the entire viewing area.

Snow is falling north of Interstate 80, the Pittsburgh area is experiencing a wintry mix and the southern counties are only dealing with rain.

Temperatures across the area are hovering around the freezing mark, which means the potential for ice remains.

Bowman is calling for two to four inches of snow north of I-80. Also, the wintry mix in the Pittsburgh area will turn from freezing rain to all rain by noon.

Heavy icing can be expected in the Laurel Highlands. Bowman said that up to half an inch of ice could build up in that area.

Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to be about 34 degrees with an overnight low of 33 degrees.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 5 p.m.

Precipitation will remain in the area for Wednesday, but falling temperatures in the afternoon will turn it into snow.


One Comment

  1. Joe says:

    Epic fail once again by the forecasters. They cant get the weather right one day in advance, but believe them when they can tell you with 100% certainty what it will be like 100, or even 1000, years from now. Besides baseball players, it is the only profession where you can be wrong 50% of the time and still keep your job.

    1. Mark says:

      They’re too busy worrying about “north of I-80” and the “Laurel Highlands” than what is going to happen in Western PA…

      1. Corey says:

        Ah mark, please consult a map. ‘North of I-80’ is part of western pa. Just because it isn’t immediately surrounding downtown pittsburgh doesn’t mean there are viewers from that area interested in what the weather’s gonna be like in their neck of the woods

    2. jim says:

      If Verzyla or Bowman say “as we predicted” once again, I vow to never watch KDKA again except for Steeler games. They should take a look at “what they predicted” and see that it’s many times many miles from actual conditions. Granted, it’s an inexact science, but to insist you’ve “nailed” a prediction, when in fact you were way off, is ridiculous. Why did Joe DiNardo have to get old and retire from WTAE? He was the best and always admitted when he was wrong

    3. doug says:

      you’re mixing meteorology with climatology. meteorologists can’t tell you about weather 1000 years ago. That’s like asking your auto mechanic to diagnose your toothache. Believe global warming or don’t, but at least know the difference between the disciplines!

      1. Joe says:

        Doug, it doesn’t seem like you did very well with analogies in school. Maybe you need a refresher course because that was an epic fail on your part. Are you saying meteorology and climatology aren’t in the same field of science? They both deal with forecasting weather, one in the near future and the other in the distant future. Last time I checked the climate is weather and if you dont believe me, maybe you will believe NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html
        You may have stood a better chance if you said something like, asking a tire changer instead of an auto mechanic. BTW, I do believe in GW except I like to call it sunrise.

    4. JOE ZEGLOWITSCH says:


    5. MJ says:

      In my honest opinion, it’s simply pathetic. If they told me it was dark right now, I swear I’d have a hard time believing it until I looked out the window. And what really bothers me is how they put everyone in a panic by “glorifying” the forecast, so to speak. Just tell it like it is. They always have to say there’s “always a chance”, etc. and all kinds of different scenarios. It just makes me angry saying there’s a chance for ice when the current temperature is 37 degrees and expected to rise overnight.. but “expected to”, yeah, who knows anymore? And it covers all the bases; if it rains, they can say, “Well, there was only a slight chance for ice.” If it is ice or snow, they can say, “We said there was a chance..” You get the idea. I understand it’s difficult, but still. They just can’t get anything right, and then they rarely admit they were wrong and don’t explain why or what happened. They were entirely off about this latest storm, entirely off. There was no snow (in Greensburg, where I live), and there was very little ice. The temperature at 5:00am was 34, not in the upper 20s as they predicted, so it had changed over to rain long before it was “supposed” to. I don’t know and sorry for the rant, but this is just getting a little ridiculous.

  2. JOHN says:


    1. sean says:

      Depends on where you live. I drove in today from Gibsonia to Saxonburg, and the roads were fine.

    2. Jenny says:

      Then don’t send them. It is fine out. Schools aren’t babysitters, you know.

    3. lt says:

      then keep them home if you think its to bad – if you are that concerned about your kids safety either drive them yourself or keep them home.

  3. Sean says:

    I agree with Joe. Once again, everyone’s scared about the potential for the big one! Meteorologists can’t predict yesterday’s weather, let alone today’s or tomorrow’s!!! I’d love to have that job!!!!

  4. Richard says:

    I’ve lived along the I-80 corridor all my life and trust me, the weather doesn’t know a thing about where I-80 is at! It’s a good thing the highway was constructed otherwise the weather forcasters wouldn’t have an easy dividing line to use.

  5. David says:

    Phil will get it right tomorrow…He is the only smart one…Long live the GROUNDHOG! I belive all this moisture is going to miss Pittsburgh and move east and hit Altoona!

    1. Anna says:

      HA!!! Love it!

    2. Aj Davis says:

      No matter what there is always 6 more weeks of winter. Groundhog has nothing to do with moon cycles.

      1. Tim says:

        Thanks AJ, I had no idea…

  6. Danielle says:

    I want Bowmans job!!!

    1. 2059 says:

      Bowman doesn’t have a job, he has a POSITION.

  7. Bonnie Domagala says:

    Penn Hills School District is the only district in the area closed today, Why are they closed? The roads are fine and they closed the district really late in the morning. Penn Hills why are you closed today?

  8. Renee says:

    While they are the WRONG 75% of the time, they are good at creating lots of DRAMA surrounding the BIG STORM. Let’s create a big panic amongst those scared of snowflakes and flood the grocery stores before the big 3 inches fall. Seriously, when we are going to get 12″ or more, then tell me. Just sayin…………..

    1. Bob says:

      I believe the opposite is actually true. Many times the models are showing far more extreme weather – the problem is forecasters have to look at those solutions within the context of the area’s climatology. Therefore, most local forecasters tend to downplay events. Last Feb 5/6 is a prime example. The models came around to a 15” or 20” type storm within the last 24 hours. Most locals went with an 8” 12” type call due to not seeing enough run to run continuity in the models. A lot of us knew a bigger event was likely in store. Saying that forecasts are “wrong 75% of the time” is absurd.

  9. Bob says:

    Hey Joe and others…

    Why don’t you actually take time to be educated in weather so understand these setups? I’d try to explain to you how situations with an inverted trough and warm air advection typically means our area is a battle ground – but you wouldn’t understand. Much different than a large scale synoptic snowstorm with no P-type issues. Why don’t you go on the NCEP site and read the damn NAM and RUC yourself and tell us down to the mile where the line between various P-types sets up? Theses storms are not just giant “blob” moving along. There evolution is very complex and it’s incredible that they can be forecasted before they appear at all. People just have to understand that a few miles….and a few hundred feet in elevation….makes a dramatic difference in sensible weather.

    Nice little one liner though. Hope you got your warm and fuzzies. What do you think about the weekend storm Joe? Should we go with the Euro or the GFS? Give us your “expert opinion”. Glad I’m not in this profession to have to deal with guys like this. It would be like being an offensive coordinator.

    1. David says:

      Oh Bob, you are so cool. Boy, I wish I could recite info from a basic meteorology course. Oh wait, I can. I just don’t do it to try (key word being try) to sound like a internet tough guy like you. You Sir, are a moron.

      1. Frank Rizzo says:

        Green Bay 38 Pittsburgh 24

      2. Dave says:

        Typical Packers fan…doesn’t even realize he’s in a weather article.

    2. jackie says:

      LOVE it!!!!
      Honestly I don’t worry how correct the weather is, maybe I’m the only one that has learned that living in Pittsburgh weather cycles are unpredictable. I use the daily weather as a guideline on to how I will conduct my day. Perhaps if others would learn to use the word forecast as defined; to predict a future condition or occurrence; calculate in advance: to forecast a heavy snowfall, they would as well.
      Keep up the good work!

    3. sasquatch says:

      Woooo – Bobs smugness 100% guaranteed all across the region

    4. Dave says:

      If you want weathemen to get some respect, try contacting weather.com and ask them why nearly once a week it states “today’s low 23”. Currently 19. Um, then the low won’t be 23! It’s a real simple programming change “if current < low then low=current"

      1. Joe says:

        Dave, that happens much more often than once a week. Me and the girl get a kick out of that one all the time. “Todays low will be 24, current temp is 20” Bwahaha

  10. dianabee says:

    Impossible to predict weather in this Great Lakes Region.
    I love Dennis Bowman, and think he does a wonderful job.
    Just like Kudzma!

    1. Joe says:

      Diana, if it is impossible to predict the weather as you assert, then please tell us why the news bothers with forecasting at all. I await your response.

  11. Bob Kudzma says:

    The precip we received was just a smattering, the real mega storm is still back in central Plains, http://www.goes.noaa.gov/ECIR4.html Depends where you’re at really as to what form of precip is falling if any/looks like we could still be in store for some ice & snow, http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/pbz/

  12. Tim says:

    Don’t get upset with KDKA, all they do is take what Accuweather says and pass it along. I’m not even sure why they have meteorologists at the station.

    1. pgirl says:

      Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! The biggest gripe I have with local met’s is that they take their information from a national feed like Accuweather instead of doing their own forecasting. There are alot of great websites devoted to professional and amateur met’s out there who love this stuff and come up with much more accurate forecasts. I rarely if ever watch the local news for weather anymore.

  13. Jan says:

    You all are a bunch of cry babies! Weather can be very unpredictable. For instance today, we are very lucky it is not a couple degrees colder and we would be having a very bad ice storm. The weather people cannot predict with exact certainty what the conditions will be. Look at any radar and you can see how massive this storm is! There is a fine line as to who is getting ice and who is getting the rain.

    1. Donna says:

      I agree with you Jan.
      It’s winter in Pittsburgh, deal with it. Can’t make some people happy. We got lucky this time. If the ice would have hit us and it wasn’t predicted then everyone would have complained about that.

  14. Dan says:

    Packers 31 Steelers 14

  15. Tim from USC says:

    why is anyone surprised – Giant Eagle was a zoo last night. i swear they provide kickbacks to the weather forecasters in the area

    1. Terry Bradshaw says:

      I guess this would count as an economic stimulus plan for Obama’s great economy HAHA!

  16. Sue says:

    I for one appreciate the weather updates presented by KDKA. I too use this as just a guideline of my daily schedule. You do the best you can. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. If your weather is good then go on about your day and if you or your family had cancellations and are at home today, spend some quality time together, God knows we can use more family time. Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff.

    1. Kristyn says:

      YEY SUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I completley agree! We had a 2 hour delay today which I actually love! It gives us a couple more hours of sleep and the kids are much more rested which makes the morning routine so much more pleasant! Everyone is happy and no one is fighting! lol I’ll take quality family time anyday over bickering from people like some who have posted here! 🙂 Like Sue said, “Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff”. With 10 kids, I live by that motto! haha God Bless!!!!

  17. john says:

    and i have no problem with them not being able to predict it …. my problem is they hype it ahead of time to the max …. lets check actual conditions and deal accordingly as needed ..yesterday they hyped this thing into a mega storm monster that was going to drown us in ice …tell us instead … be careful …. this could be going on … check actual conditions and maybe the school districts should quit watching tv and drive their district

  18. Bryan says:

    The front edge of the storm was moving through the southern counties last night. The bulk of the storm was moving through Ohio. All of you who are ridiculing the meteorologists for being wrong about this storm need to keep your mouths shut. How do you know the wind didn’t blow it a different way at the last time and throw it further north from the Pittsburgh area? How do you know the temperature didn’t go as low as the forecast? I went to college in Meadville, PA, and I can tell you with 100% accuracy that which way the wind blows up there determines which town down I-79 from Lake Erie to Grove City will get pounded with lake effect snow on any given day during the winter, and it’s not always easy to predict for those meteorologists up in Erie.

  19. Phil Conners says:

    You want a prediction?….I’ll give you a prediction…it’s going to be cold and gray and last the rest of your life!…Phil Conners

  20. Richard says:

    Personally, I use a weather rock. I put it on the railing of my deck. If it’s wet, rain. If its white, snow. If it’s shiny & wet, freezing rain. If none of the above, nice day. Oops I almost forgot, if it’s gone, windy!

  21. Melissa says:

    Are you all 15??? Go back to high school if you want to cause unnecessary drama.

  22. Ron says:

    Melissa, God Bless you! I thought I was the only one with a life today, but you nailed my exact thoughts. Cheers!!!

    1. Rob says:

      You Too Ron.

  23. Marty says:

    The only 100% accurate weather forecaster in history was Al Sleet. “Tonight’s forecast – DARK. Continued mostly darkness throughout the night turning into widely scattered light in the morning. Remember, if you don’t like the weather, MOVE!”

  24. Abe Vigoda says:

    I never get my information from a man with his hand up a puppet’s butt!

  25. Rizzenman says:

    Right or wrong isn’t the point. I could live with the many missed forecasts except for the fact that they PUSH this weather on you. I blame all three local stations. All it is is continually, over and over teasers and repetitive weather coverage and of course the Steelers. There is nothing else going on in the world. Their Steeler and weather coverage would be on for 15 minutes before they reported the nuclear bomb that went off in Kansas City or wherever. Their relentless pushing of their great weather coverage makes it an issue, not the comments by those of us that are sick of it all. They used to do the news, weather and sports in 15 minutes and it was just as informative as what they do now in an hour of constant repetition.

    1. bkinpa says:

      I TOTALLY AGREE – I opted not to travel into work today & now feel ABSOLUTELY FOOLISH for doing so. The hype is OUT OF CONTROL.

  26. Phil Conners says:

    Yeah well the real problem is “What am I going to do with all this extra toilet paper”

    1. fred mertz says:

      Use it for napkins at Christmas dinner.

  27. Bob Lozano says:

    Phil – Phil Conners from TV 9 Pittsburgh? These weather reports are handier than a pocket on a shirt.

  28. Kathy Miller says:

    Quit watching all the news…It’s way too much…3 hours of it on KDKA..So Stupid!!

  29. Phil Conners says:

    What if there is no tomorrow…there wasn’t one today! Happy Groundhog Day

  30. BIG TOM says:


  31. polo says:

    here is the forecast :
    rain+snow+ice+snow+hail+ice+rain——- blah blah blah

  32. candi says:

    wow! i have been missing out!! i needed a good laugh, never thought to come to the weather comments!! thanks all!! 🙂

  33. Darth Vader says:

    i find ypur lack of faith in the weather forecast most displeasing

  34. Ace Slick says:

    3 hours of watching cars go down Fallowfield. Leading up to the “big storm that never was”.

    Could you imagine if there was not a water main break, or we didn’t have the Steelers to report on?

    It would be another normal news day here in Pennsyl-tucky !!!

  35. mark 12 says:

    People have no memory in this town. The last Ice storm we had wasn’t even predicted more than a couple hours in advance.
    When they attempt to predict an ice storm a day in advance, be skeptical.
    The 2 things they always get wrong – 1, its always a few degrees warmer than they predict, and 2-, the precipitation never begins until a couple hours later than they predict. Its always this way, but like I said, people in this town have no memory. Probably too much alcohol in their blood, or senility.

  36. MH says:

    this is more entertaining than facebook

  37. satire247 says:

    I love when they show the weather map with a hundred circles and ten different colors and then say “You can the ……………” NO I really can’t see. It’s a bunch of squiggly lines and dots and colors. I don’t see the trough coming up from the Mississippi Basin with the high pressure system out behind it. NOPE I really don’t see nuttin!”

  38. Dr Michael says:

    Same old stuff, potential for snow, potential for ice, leave it alone and give us something accurate for a change. These forecasters get everyone worked up an nothing happens.

  39. Giant Eagle Stockholder says:

    Same old overkill so please keep running out and buying toliet paper, milk and bread.

  40. Lorraine says:

    thanks….had flight plans leaving Wed morning and cancelled them when in fact, I would have had no problem getting out. I’m sick and tired of the weather holding us hostage. All we hear is about the potential for “SEVERE” weather, and most times it happens east, or north east, but Pittsburgh and surrounding areas south never get what’s predicted. They should get their act together and quit trying to make us “stay tuned” Its all about ratings, I’m sure.

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