Temperatures Plummet Sending Pittsburgh Into Deep Freeze

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Extreme cold and snow-covered roads continue to be big weather concerns across the area as temperatures continue to plummet.

We’re still seeing some snow falling across the area.

KDKA Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla says we could see an additional coating in spots with up to an inch more as you travel into the Laurel Highlands.

“Additional accumulations will be minimal, and this will become less of a story overnight,” says Verszyla. “The cold air becomes the main headliner heading into [Friday] morning.”

We’ll see blustery and cold conditions Friday with clouds breaking for sun in the afternoon. But while we may get some sunshine, the high will only be 16 degrees.

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect through noon Friday for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango and Washington counties.

“Here’s the way the day will play out, 7 [degrees] at wakeup with some lingering flurries,” said Verszyla of Friday. “Lunchtime, 12 degrees, clouds will break for sunshine through the afternoon, so we will get brighter skies; and it may look good in the afternoon, but it’s not going to feel so good.”

Over the weekend, Verszyla says there will be a warm up before a second arctic blast moves in.

On Saturday, we’ll see an increase of at least 20 degrees with temperatures in the mid-30s, and Sunday the high will be close to 40 degrees.

The second arctic blast will move in on Monday and Tuesday. Verszyla says this one will be even colder.

“This air mass, the likes of which we haven’t seen around here for about five years,” says Verszyla of the second blast of frigid temperatures.

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