Region socked by unseasonably cold temps and snow blasts
Winter's cold grip continues as the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for ridge areas early Tuesday, forecasting intermittent blasts of snow thought the region Wednesday.
The winter weather advisory, issued early Tuesday, will stay in effect until 2 p.m. Wednesday.
An average of three to six inches is forecasted for the higher elevations in Westmoreland, Fayette and other counties, according to Mike Kennedy, meteorologist.
Snow accumulations are not expected outside of the ridges.
However, intense pockets of snow are forecasted for the region Tuesday going into Wednesday.
Scattered snow showers will continue today. While most locations will see minimal accumulation...the higher elevations along the ridges of SW PA, N WV, and W MD are expected to see between 3-6' on average with locally higher amounts. An advisory has been issued until 2PM Wed. pic.twitter.com/glFsDOrWLP— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) March 13, 2018
The intense bursts of snow could impact visibility but will dissipate, according to Kennedy.
Temperatures will hover in the mid-30s today, well below normal temperatures that typically are in the upper-40s, Kennedy said.
Winds gusting at about 30 mph will bring wind chills in the low- to mid-20s this afternoon.
While the region will warm up a bit to the low-40s Thursday, the cold weather returns with highs in the mid-30s on Friday, he added.
A warm-up is expected this weekend.
Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, email@example.com or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.