Wind Chill Advisory Issued, Falling Temperatures Causing Concerns
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a far cry from the spring-like weather we were enjoying just 24 hours ago. But this harsh winter is not over just yet.
Snow is moving through the area, and bitterly cold temperatures are back, too.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. to noon on Thursday for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Washington counties.
Cambria and Somerset counties are also under a Wind Chill Advisory, as well as a Winter Weather Advisory. And there’s a Winter Storm Warning in effect for Crawford County.
“What’s falling is kind of a light, misty sort of snow, having a hard time really accumulating, and I don’t expect we’re going to see a lot of accumulation over the course of the evening, maybe up to an inch at most in a given location,” KDKA Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla said. “Higher elevations may do closer to two inches. So, snow not a huge part of the story, the wind and the cold really the headliners down through this evening.”
Verszyla says the blustery winds will continue overnight and into Thursday, especially earlier in the day.
We’ll wake up to a temperature of just 8 degrees with wind chills at or below zero. By lunchtime, the temperature will climb to about 19 degrees and late day the high will reach 24.
“The good news is the air mass that’s now in place is transient, so the cold air that’s across the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley moves through very quickly,” said Verszyla, “and by Friday, it’s long gone and we’re back to some very mild temperatures moving into the weekend.”
While it will be cold Thursday, Verszyla says we will see the clouds breaking for some sunshine; and then Friday, we rebound with a high of 52.
As for the weekend, we’ll see highs of 46 on Saturday and 35 on Sunday.