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Mild winter gives way to snow this weekend

| Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012

In what has been a relatively mild winter, the Mid-Mon Valley is expected to receive one of the biggest snowfalls of the season this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service in Moon Township, 2 to 4 inches of snow is predicted to fall during the day Saturday. An additional 1 to 2 inches of snow is forecast for Saturday night.

Snow with little accumulation is expected Sunday. But with an additional inch called for Sunday night into Monday, the Valley could see as much 7 inches of snow over a 36-hour period.

This has been a slightly milder than normal winter, meteorologist Rihaan Gangat said. Temperatures have been slightly higher than normal. Before the weekend, the area had received 5 inches of snow below normal.

The area has received just 21.1 inches of snow since Oct. 1. The heaviest snowfall this year was on Jan. 21, with 4.5 inches. Just under 16 inches of snow fell in January.

In December, the region never recrived more than an inch of snow on any day.

Prior to this week, just 2.5 inches of snow fell in February.

The winter blast this weekend will be short lived, Gangat said. Next week, temperatures will just above normal for February, with the thermometer expected to reach 40 on Wednesday.

Monessen Mary Jo Smith said late Friday that city crews were ready for any snowstorm that hits this week.

We have salt, our trucks are prepared and the men are waiting to be called out," Smith said.

The mayor said police officers are patrol throughout the city make the initial determination if street department workers need to be called out.

Rostraver Township Commissioner Andy Temoshenka said the road department is ready.

"All of our equipment is ready to roll," Temoshenka said.

"We've been waiting for snow since December. This will certainly show we've been ready."

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