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Regional flood warning issued

| Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005

Rain is expected today and early Thursday throughout most of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued flood watches for Allegheny, Beaver, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene counties.

A watch means that flooding is possible but not a certainty.

The high in Pittsburgh is expected to be 40, but National Weather Service meteorologist Terry Parrish said lower temperatures north of the city could cause sleet, freezing rain and an accumulation of ice in Butler, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Armstrong, Lawrence, Venango and Mercer counties.

Winter storm warnings will be in effect for Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield, Somerset, Elk and Erie counties, where an accumulation of ice or snow is expected.

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