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Frigid air to slam region on Thursday night, early next week

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By Michael Hasch
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 11:33 p.m.

A weatherman warns that Western Pennsylvania better bundle up for a dangerous blast of frigid air on Thursday night and prepare for more of the same next week.

“It's going to get pretty nasty. You're going to feel it,” National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Coblentz said on Wednesday after wind chill and winter weather advisories were issued for Southwestern Pennsylvania. “And it's going to get really cold the first of next week.”

The Pittsburgh area can expect 1 to 3 inches of snow to fall Thursday afternoon and another 1 to 3 inches that night before blustery winds will make the temperatures feel like 10 or 12 below zero at night, Coblentz said.

“I expect temperatures to rise to maybe 27 or 28 (Thursday morning) before starting to fall with winds of 5 to 15 miles per hour and gusting to 25,” he said. “The low Thursday night will be 6 with winds out of the north between 16 and 18 miles an hour with gusts up to 29 Thursday night.”

Another inch of new snow is possible on Friday with a high of 14, Coblentz said.

Temperatures will moderate into the 30s during the weekend before the cold air returns on Sunday night.

Monday's high is expected to be 18 before dropping to around 2 that night, Coblentz said. Tuesday's high will be 6 and a low that night around 1, he said.

“Wind chills will be double-digit below zero. ... Hey, this is Pittsburgh, and it's winter.”

More significant snowfall is expected this week in other parts of the state, with a possible 10 inches on Thursday in the Poconos and as much as 7 inches in some parts of central Pennsylvania. Snowfall below Interstate 70 in Washington and Greene counties could be between 2 and 4 inches on Thursday, forecasters said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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