The watch will go into effect at 1 a.m. on Thursday and will remain in place until 10 a.m.By Kristin Emery

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a mild, mostly sunny day out there with highs reaching the lower 60s, but all that will soon be changing.

KDKA Meteorologist Kristin Emery says enjoy today because big changes will be arriving starting tomorrow.

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A last (hopefully) blast of wintry air and precipitation will be busting into Southwestern Pennsylvania. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s again Wednesday morning, but a potent cold front will make sure they don’t recover much above 40 degrees for the rest of the day.

Add in some early morning rain showers changing to/mixing with snow through noon and some gusty winds, and you have a cold, blustery Wednesday.

Because of that, the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for areas from Allegheny County and south, where the growing season has already begun.

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The watch will go into effect at 1 a.m. on Thursday and will remain in place until 10 a.m., and it includes most of Southwestern Pennsylvania, parts of West Virginia, and parts of Southern Ohio.

Temperatures will be in the lower 30s, below freezing, Thursday and close to it Friday, so now is the time to cover tender plants, flowers and vegetation that is vulnerable. The NWS also says that exposed outdoor pipes should be drained, wrapped, or allowed to drip slowly.

The good news is that we jump back up close to 60 on Friday.

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