Spring snow possible this weekend in western Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Today is looking nice and warm as it looks like we’ll easily see the eleventh day in a row with temperatures above the daily average.

Currently: Just an isolated chance of rain for the rest of the day.

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Alert: Model data shows an insane amount of snowfall for the Laurels Sunday morning. Looking at it now, but there is a high probability that we will make Sunday morning a first day of alert.

Aware: The weekend snow will be more than most people expect. Lots of snow is expected but temperatures for the most part will hover above 32 for most of the region.

I have today’s highs reaching the mid 60s with mostly cloudy skies. Morning temperatures are expected to drop into the mid to low 40’s in some places. Midday temperatures should be in the upper 50s with fairly strong winds; exiting from the southwest at 10-15 mph. I can’t rule out an isolated shower for the day, but the overall chance of rain today is low.

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Heading into what looks to be a wild weekend, the chance of rain returns Friday afternoon with light rain possible for the rest of the day.

The chance of rain turns to the chance of snow before sunrise on Saturday, with flurries possible for the rest of the weekend.

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I will tell you right now that the snow that I expect to fall on Saturday and Sunday is more snow than you expect to fall.

How much?

Well, model data shows that enough snow falls Saturday through Sunday morning to warrant winter storm warnings for the Laurel Highlands. I think the Pittsburgh airport will see about two inches of snow over the course of Saturday and Sunday with only light accumulations on grassy areas.

Ski resorts will be VERY happy with potential totals in places of seven inches or more. I don’t know if they’re past the “snowmaking” stage of the year yet, but Sunday should be a great end-of-season board or ski for season pass holders. More for your money!

Saturday and Sunday are now the first weather alert days due to large snow totals in high areas.

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