PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The winds of a changing forecast having been blowing in on this first day of 2012.

Several weather advisories have been issued across Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding area.

Winter Weather Advisory: Armstrong, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence and Somerset counties.

Forecasters say snow will begin falling tonight and increase in intensity on Monday afternoon and into Monday night.

Lake Effect Snow Warning: Crawford, Mercer and Venango counties

Wind Advisory: Cambria, Crawford and Somerset counties

“As you look along Interstate 80 and along the eastern ridges, we have some winter storm watches and warnings. These go into effect tonight and this is in anticipation of snowfall that is heading our direction,” meteorologist Kristie Kubovic said. “Everyone is expecting to pick up some snowfall. Towards central sections, towards Pittsburgh and surrounding counties, we’re looking at around an inch of snow tonight. Towards the northern and eastern counties, we could see three inches of snow.”

Along with some gusty winds, the temperature is also falling. A high in the 20s is expected on Monday.

In Maryland, a Winter Storm Warning and Wind Advisory are in effect for Garrett County.

In West Virginia, a Winter Storm Warning and Wind Advisory are in effect for Preston County.

People out traveling in the area are being advised to slow down and be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.

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