New winter weather advisory issued, snow totals increased for region
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has increased the amount of snow the region is expected to see tonight into Wednesday.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Tuesday afternoon until 5 p.m. for southwestern Pennsylvania counties south of Interstate 80, and portions of eastern and northern West Virginia due to the chance of more prolonged freezing rain.
Eastern Westmoreland County has been upgraded to a winter storm warning, with higher snow totals forecast.
NEW Advisory until 5PM for SW PA counties south of I-80 and portions of eastern and NRN WV counties due to more prolonged freezing rain potential. ERN Westmoreland has been upgraded to a warning with higher snow totals forecast. pic.twitter.com/GgpIyuWAg1— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) March 20, 2018
Between 4 and 6 inches of snow is now expected in Allegheny County, southern Armstrong County, southern Beaver County, southwest Butler County, Washington County and most of Westmoreland County through 8 a.m. Thursday.
The brunt of the snow is expected to start shortly after midnight, tapering off by 9 a.m., meteorologist Mike Kennedy said.
The snow is expected to be heavy, and wet, he said.
And in case anyone has forgotten, today is the first day of spring.
Spring begins in two hours! …astronomical spring, that is. Meteorological spring began back on March 1. What's WRONG with us? Read this for more: https://t.co/rRWakn9WQl #firstdayofspring pic.twitter.com/lia6SwXBBR— NWS (@NWS) March 20, 2018
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