PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Hurricane Sandy continues on a course to make landfall in southern New Jersey late tonight or early Tuesday.

It will then phase with a low pressure system that has been over the Ohio Valley for the last few days. The result will be lots of rain and wind for the KDKA viewing area.

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By 6 p.m., KDKA-TV Meteorologist Dennis Bowman expects winds to be gusting to as high as 50 mph and persist with similar gusts overnight and into mid-morning, Tuesday.

Rainfall will grow progressively heavier, too, with a general 2 to 4 inches between now and the end of the day, Wednesday.

We may see flooding in urban and poor drainage areas and there could be rises on the rivers, too.

The best candidates for river flooding would be along portions of the Monongahela, Youghiogheny and Cheat Rivers.

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In addition to all of the above, the highest elevations of Garrett County, Md. and Preston and Tucker Counties in West Virginia will receive heavy snow and blizzard conditions tonight and tomorrow with greatly reduced visibility.

Travel is discouraged during this time in those areas.

Our weather will gradually improve late in the week with scattered showers Thursday and Friday with a return of sunshine for the weekend.


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