Storm brings snow-rain mix
As the Thanksgiving week storm comes to an end, the National Weather Service warned Tuesday that the Mon Valley isn't quite out of the woods.
A spokesman from the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said that nothing unexpected has occurred with the storm.
“There haven't been any changes or shifts from how we forecasted it Sunday night,” he said. “Nothing has changed significantly. We have the low pressure system moving up the coast with an upper level trough coming down from the northwest bringing along with it the cold air.”
Steady snowfall Monday night brought about 2 to 3 inches of snow Tuesday morning.
Another 3 inches of snow was expected through Wednesday afternoon.
Because of snow combining with rain throughout the region Tuesday, flooding will become more of a concern.
Using the Gray's Landing Locks and Dam in Fayette County as a guage for the Monongahela River, the NWS expects the Mon to rise quickly.
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, the river level at Gray's Landing was 12.3 feet.
It is expected to rise to about 15 feet. Forecasts for Locks and Dam No. 4 at Charleroi have the river cresting at 18 feet, 10 feet below flood stage.
The weather briefing included a warning though for small streams near roadways.
Motorists are urged to watch for ponding water in the area where streams and creeks run adjacent to the roadway.
“With the levels expected to rise and with the combination of freezing temperatures, you could see some ice building up on the roadways,” the NWS spokesman said. “We urge drivers to be on the lookout and remain cautious.”
Snow showers were expected to continue Wednesday and subside by late afternoon. The high temperature should hover around the freezing mark and fall into the teens Wednesday night.
On Thanksgiving, the high is forecast to be near 29 degrees with lows falling into the teens again. The sun is expected to make an appearance Friday with highs on the weekend expected to near 40.
Few weather-related accidents
Emergency responders have been pleasantly surprised at the lack of accident calls around the region.
“Absolutely nothing,” Monessen Municipal fire Chief Delmar Hepple said Tuesday evening. “It's been wonderful.”
Fallowfield Township's fire department, whose coverage area includes a large portion of Interstate 70, was called out Tuesday for a vehicle that slid off the road and onto a small bank.
“That was nothing major,” Chief Anthony Fleming said. “We've been fortunate that nothing major has happened. Everything has been OK.”
He did mention that crews were called out to two minor accidents early Tuesday morning, one on Fremont Road and the other along Old Route 71.
A trooper at the State Police Belle Vernon barracks in Rostraver Township reported that “all has been quiet” in their coverage area as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Charleroi fire Chief Bob Whiten Jr. said his crews weren't called upon Tuesday.
“The street department did a great job getting things cleared up,” he said. “We were lucky and weren't called out for anything, even on I-70 in our coverage area. It was nice and quiet.”
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.
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