Storms Prompt Tornado Warning, Other Severe Weather Alerts Across Area

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Overcast and rainy conditions prompted several severe weather alerts across the region on Thursday.

KDKA Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla says the heaviest rain will pass through the area overnight, and Friday we’ll see mostly cloudy and breezy conditions with a few showers.

“We are in the midst of our rainiest period of the current pattern. Vipir Radar showing a lot of the rain shower activity now beginning to shift farther west and that’s leaving most of our eastern communities on the drier side of the equation,” said Verszyla. “That westward movement to the showers will continue as we get to midnight, 1 o’clock in the morning. So, I think the overall trend will be for a gradual decrease in the coverage of the showers.”

A Wind Advisory is in effect for Fayette and Westmoreland counties through noon Friday.

“The other part of the weather setup tonight, some gusty winds, mainly in the higher elevations where there is a wind advisory in effect,” Verszyla said.

He says winds could gust up to 15-25 miles per hours, with occasional gusts of up to 40 mph.

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Earlier Thursday, one storm prompted a Tornado Warning for Washington County and parts of West Virginia, which has since expired.

There was also severe thunderstorm warnings and flood alerts issued.

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