Winter Storm Watch Issued For Much Of Area
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –The sunny skies and warm temperatures that we’d been enjoying are now a thing of the past.
The weather has taken a turn for the worse this weekend as rain returned today and could soon take on a more winter-like feel over the next few days.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for much of the area. It starts late Sunday night and runs through Monday evening.
The counties under the watch include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset and Venango.
Garrett County in Maryland and Preston County in West Virginia are also included under the watch.
“What’s happening, we have a low pressure system moving up the East Coast and that is going to give us the potential for snowfall,” said meteorologist Kristie Kubovic.
She says we will see rather cloudy skies Sunday, but starting Monday there’s the potential for some heavy wet snow.
Kubovic says the snowfall totals depend on the time, the track and the temperature. Higher elevations could get up to six inches with less as you move west.
“This storm will take a break tomorrow and then return with some heavier precipitation on Monday,” Kubovic says. “It looks to be a rain-snow mix at this point.”
A high of 52 is expected on Sunday, while Monday the high temperature could reach just 38 degrees.
There are also concerns that the wet snow could bring down tree limbs and power lines, creating the potential for electricity problems.
Anyone headed out on the roads is also advised to slow down and watch for possible slick spots.