Snow Moving Out, Warmer Temps Expected For Weekend

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – There was significant snowfall in quite a few places Thursday, and that was on top of the already ongoing flooding concerns.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for Allegheny and Washington counties. The river Flood Warning continues for the Monongahela River near Elizabeth and a Flood Advisory continues for the Ohio River at Pittsburgh until Friday morning.

But the big concern now is falling temperatures that will likely dip into the single digits.

The overnight low could drop to zero degrees, which would break the record of 2 degrees set back in 1901.

“Our lows will be in the range of about zero to 3 above first thing [Friday] morning,” KDKA Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla said. “Sunshine does return [Friday] and temperatures return to the mid-20s, and then a milder trend will continue through the weekend.”

The good news is that we can expect some sun and warmer temperatures this weekend with highs of 37 degrees and 41 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

“Chilly air has settled in across the Great Lakes, the Midwest and the Northeast. Thankfully, we’re just going to get a temporary bout of cold air,” said Verszyla. “It’s going to be in and out as far as we’re concerned in the course of the next 12 to 16 hours, and then we’ll focus on a moderating trend [Friday] afternoon and that will continue through the weekend.”

According to KDKA-TV Meteorologist Dennis Bowman, the fresh snow on top of the freezing of recently thawed and melted snow caused a bulk of the problem Thursday morning.

The snow started falling Wednesday evening and parts of Westmoreland County have already seen six inches of snow.

In Pittsburgh, the latest snowstorm dropped about 4.5 inches of snow.

A PennDOT snow plow slid off the road in Indiana County, hitting a freight train, but causing no injuries. In western Pennsylvania, ice jams on the Youghiogheny River in Fayette County damaged a marina and raised flooding concerns.

And on the other side of the state, snowfall accumulations exceeded 10 inches in parts of suburban Philadelphia on Thursday, as accidents closed highways in eastern Pennsylvania, and flights and trains were canceled.

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