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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A busy day of weather is expected with rain showers pushing through the area today and snow showers possible tonight.

According to KDKA-TV Meteorologist Ron Smiley, snow showers are expected tonight with large snow totals possible in elevated areas (up to 4 inches in isolated spots) and along and north of Interstate 80 (up to 2 inches possible).

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However, the biggest story may be strong wind speeds expected overnight tonight. Wind gust are expected to near 50 mph in elevated areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties from 10 p.m. through 10 a.m. Friday.

Marion and Monongalia counties in West Virginia are also under the warning.

A Wind Advisory is also in effect for elevated areas through 1 a.m. on Saturday. This is due to an area of low pressure that will pass by the region.

The left flank of the low is showing a very strong pressure gradient.

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Snow isn’t expected to arrive until around midnight tonight with strong wind speeds picking up after 2 a.m. The Pittsburgh area will likely see a dusting of snow due to surface temperatures remaining around 32 degrees.

Homeowners and those responsible for land should inspect properties to ensure no items can be picked up by strong wind overnight.

Trashcans and other items can do significant damage to property. You also may not want to have to take the walk of shame down the street to gather up your items.

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