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Warmer temperatures on the way

| Monday, Feb. 20, 2006

An Arctic cold front swept through the Fay-West region this weekend, bringing high winds and low temperatures.

The highest winds spared the Fay-West region but slammed locations further north, such as New York state, which suffered major wind damage.

The front did not bring much snowfall, said Brad Rehak, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

Bone-chilling temperatures accompanied it, with temperatures dipping to 5 degrees Saturday and 4 degrees Sunday. Saturday's high was 26 degrees, and Sunday's was only 21 degrees.

As temperatures fell, patches of ice floated down the Youghiogheny River and accumulated on its banks.

This weekend's chill followed several days of unseasonably warm weather, with highs in the 50s and 60s and lows in the 40s.

"This winter has been several degrees warmer than usual," Rehak said. "Normally, we would predict highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s."

The immediate forecast shows normal temperatures, warming up several degrees. Today's high should reach 32 degrees with a low of 21; Tuesday should reach 42 with a low of 22; Wednesday 44 degrees with a low of 27; and Thursday 45 degrees with a low of 28.

Rehak said there is a slight chance of snow before noon Wednesday and a slight chance of snow later in the day.

"Overall, we're entering a dry period, a little warmer period," Rehak said.

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