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Warm days ahead, but October snowfall typical for Western Pennsylvania

Jacob Tierney
| Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 1:24 p.m.
Colorful Autumn leaves contrast a fresh coat of snow in Hempfield Township in 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Colorful Autumn leaves contrast a fresh coat of snow in Hempfield Township in 2013.

Western Pennsylvania residents have been enjoying an extended summer as September comes to an end, but historically the beginning of October has been a signal that winter is waiting in the wings.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published an interactive map showing when communities around the United States typically have their first snowfall of the season, based on data collected from 1981-2010.

In Greensburg, there has been a 50 percent or better chance of snowfall by Oct. 27.

Winter often comes earlier to Latrobe — with a first snowfall date of Oct. 15.

According to the National Weather Service, the earliest snowfall in the Pittsburgh region was Sept. 23, 1989.

There's no snow in West­moreland County's near future — the National Weather Service forecasts clear skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s into next week.

The NOAA's full interactive map can be found online at the administration's Beyond the Data blog .

Jacob Teirney is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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