PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An intensifying low-pressure system moved through the district, Monday afternoon and evening, which dumped more snow than expected for the Pittsburgh area.
It didn’t bring as much snow as the 21.1 inches the “Snowmageddon” event brought last year, but the snowfall was still significant.
Part of the problem was that the rain in the area changed over to snow much quicker that anticipated.
The changeover started around 3 p.m. and the snow continued well into the evening.
In general, snow totals ranged from 6 to 10 inches in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Westmoreland Counties.
Pittsburgh received a total of 8.4 inches, with 7.9 falling prior to midnight. That 7.9 total goes into the books as a record snowfall for Feb. 21, beating the three-inch record set in 1929.
Not as much snow fell across the southern counties, as precipitation stayed in the form of rain for a longer period of time. In general, four-to-five inches were experienced near the Mason-Dixon Line.
There were two reports of “thundersnow,” which is snow accompanied by thunder and lightning. The reports came in from Ohio County, W. Via. near Wheeling.
This snow storm is by far the heaviest snow, so far, this season, eclipsing the 5.1 inches on Jan. 20.
Today’s high will be around 28 degrees with a low of 14. Wednesday will warm up a little with a high reaching 39 degrees.
Another system is making its way east and could bring more snow later in the week.