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Western Pennsylvania wakes up to blanket of snow

| Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 5:27 a.m.

True to the forecast, a snow storm dropped 2 to 4 inches in the region overnight, which had tapered off by 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Moon.

A number of school districts issued two-hour delays. For more details, visit the Tribune-Review's news partner, WPXI: http://www.wpxi.com/school-closings

PennDOT and municipal road crews worked throughout the night clearing many major roadways hours before the Thursday morning commute. However side streets and secondary roads were still covered in many areas before 7 a.m.

The region was under a winter weather advisory for snow which expired at 7 a.m. Thursday when the snowfall stopped.

A winter weather advisory will stay in effect for the ridge areas in Fayette County, northern West Virginia and Maryland until 10 a.m. Thursday.

More snow fell north of Allegheny County with 6 inches recorded in Center Township in Butler County, 51⁄2 inches in Kittanning, and 4 inches in the Harrison section of the Allegheny River, National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Redmond said.While the snow left the region early Thursday, cold air moved in and temperatures fell from 32 degrees at 4 a.m. to the mid-20s just a few hours later at 6 a.m., Redmond said.

During the morning commute, there was some blowing and drifting snow, he said. "Anybody out there, be a little cautious."

— Mary Ann Thomas


In Greensburg, there was about 2 1⁄2 inches of snow on the ground and 1 inch reported in Charleroi, Washington, County, Thursday morning. Closer to the Laurel Highlands in Westmoreland County, there was 5 inches of snow on the ground near Donegal.

For landscaping companies like Hribal's Land Maintenance, workers got out their shovels and snow blowers for the first time this season. Owner Ian Hribal and another employee started around 6 a.m. shoveling a section of sidewalk on South Maple Avenue in Greensburg.

"For the winter months, this is what most landscaping (companies) do," he said.

Both men were bundled up and finished their work there before the sun came up. Hribal said he expected to be shoveling for much of the morning.

"At least 'til lunchtime," he said.

— Renatta Signorini


At Pennwood Paints on Wilkinsburg's Wood Street, owner John Diano saw the snow as an opportunity to finally unload a few more bags of rock salt. Though usually a painter's supply store, Diano said he stocked salt for locals and older residents who'd rather not drive to big-box stores in East Liberty or Monroeville.

The past few mild winters have left Diano with a load of overstock when it came to salt, he said.

"I've been sitting on two or three pallets for a couple of years," said Diano, who's worked at the 80-year-old business for 30 years and owned it for the last seven. "You handle it because no one else around here - I guess, besides GetGo - has it," he said. "Some people, they're not going to travel six miles to save a dollar or two."

— Matthew Santoni

After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, lot attendant Chris Cinicola clears snow from cars at Watson Chevrolet in Murrysville on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, lot attendant Chris Cinicola clears snow from cars at Watson Chevrolet in Murrysville on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, lot attendant Scott Kennedy works with a crew to clear snow from new cars at Watson Chevrolet in Murrysville., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, lot attendant Scott Kennedy works with a crew to clear snow from new cars at Watson Chevrolet in Murrysville., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jennifer Boller clears her driveway along Horeshoe Trail Drive in Hempfield Township on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jennifer Boller clears her driveway along Horeshoe Trail Drive in Hempfield Township on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, lot attendant Scott Kennedy works with a crew to clear snow from new cars at Watson Chevrolet in Murrysville., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, lot attendant Scott Kennedy works with a crew to clear snow from new cars at Watson Chevrolet in Murrysville., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jen Beehner clears her driveway along Castlegate Circle in Hempfield Twp., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jen Beehner clears her driveway along Castlegate Circle in Hempfield Twp., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jen Beehner clears her driveway along Castlegate Circle in Hempfield Twp., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jen Beehner clears her driveway along Castlegate Circle in Hempfield Twp., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jennifer Boller clears her driveway along Horeshoe Trail Dr. in Hempfield Twp., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
After overnight snow flurries dropped 2-4 inches of snow in the region, Jennifer Boller clears her driveway along Horeshoe Trail Dr. in Hempfield Twp., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
John Diano rings up a customer who was purchasing salt at his store, Pennwood Paints on Wilkinsburg’s Wood Street, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
John Diano rings up a customer who was purchasing salt at his store, Pennwood Paints on Wilkinsburg’s Wood Street, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Ian Hribal and an employee with Hribal's Land Maintenance clear a sidewalk in front of the First Reformed United Church of Christ in Greensburg on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Ian Hribal and an employee with Hribal's Land Maintenance clear a sidewalk in front of the First Reformed United Church of Christ in Greensburg on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
A wintry scene on Route 130 near Lycippus in Unity Township on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
A wintry scene on Route 130 near Lycippus in Unity Township on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
The entrance to St. Clair Park looks a bit like a snow globe after a dusting of white on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Mary Pickels | Tribune-Review
The entrance to St. Clair Park looks a bit like a snow globe after a dusting of white on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Snow softly falls on the lights and bell decorating this lamp post in East Huntington Township Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Mary Pickels | Tribune-Review
Snow softly falls on the lights and bell decorating this lamp post in East Huntington Township Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
This statue of General Nathanael Greene stands under a light coating of snow in St. Clair Park, Greensburg, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Mary Pickels | Tribune-Review
This statue of General Nathanael Greene stands under a light coating of snow in St. Clair Park, Greensburg, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Snow on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Ben Schmitt | Tribune-Review
Snow on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Snow on trees in Penn Hills after overnight flurries dropped 2-4 inches in the area on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Frank Carnevale | Tribune-Review
Snow on trees in Penn Hills after overnight flurries dropped 2-4 inches in the area on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.
Ben Schmitt | Tribune-Review
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