PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — People across the region woke up to a light dusting to minor accumulations of snow, but the bigger event will continue into the afternoon hours with snow totals piling up for the higher elevations.

KDKA Meteorologist Ron Smiley says areas north of I-70 can expect snow totals of more than an inch.

Places north of I-80 should expect to see more than two inches of snow beginning this afternoon and going through Thursday morning.

The Laurel Highlands is a unique case where totals there will vary widely due to obvious issues that occur with hilly elevations. The NWS is forecasting upwards of six inches being possible in isolated spots in the Laurels.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect there.

The reason for this expected snow is due to a perfect set up with us being at the base of a trough with upper level winds coming out of the northwest. Snow will begin as soon as 8 a.m. to the west, with snow showers picking up through noon.

The heaviest snow for the Pittsburgh area happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect road conditions to quickly change as we have a mid-level low slide through.

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The low then lifts to the east this afternoon, leaving us in the perfect set-up for lake effect snow showers and squalls. Expect the new squall warning system to get a workout this afternoon into the overnight hours.

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