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Irma rainfall expected to arrive here Wednesday

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 5:57 a.m.
Jean Chatelier walks through a flooded street from Hurricane Irma after retrieving his uniform from his house to return to work today at a supermarket in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Chatelier walked about a mile each way in knee-high water as a Publix supermarket was planning on reopening to the public today. 'I want to go back to work. I want to help,' said Chatelier. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jean Chatelier walks through a flooded street from Hurricane Irma after retrieving his uniform from his house to return to work today at a supermarket in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Chatelier walked about a mile each way in knee-high water as a Publix supermarket was planning on reopening to the public today. 'I want to go back to work. I want to help,' said Chatelier. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hurricane Irma will lose most of its punch when it passes through southwestern Pennsylvania this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Less than an inch of rain is expected Wednesday through Friday as the remnants of the giant storm that pummeled the Caribbean and Florida moves north from the southeastern U.S., up the Ohio Valley and through the Pittsburgh region, said Chris Leonardi, a meteorologist at the weather service's Moon Township office.

"A lot of the moisture will already be gone by the time it gets into this region. The heaviest period of rain will be late Wednesday afternoon through the night into Thursday morning," Leonardi said.

"The rain should really begin tapering off on Thursday, and on Friday it will be really isolated," he said.

The weather service predicts between 0.30 and 0.80 of an inch of rain will fall across the region as the front passes through.

There may be an isolated, lingering shower in the eastern ridges early Saturday, but temperatures should return to the high 70s by Saturday.

"It looks like we're going to have a pretty good weekend," Leonardi said.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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