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The snow is finally here

Rob Amen
| Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004

The sun that warmed your face Saturday is expected to give way to the Alle-Kiski Valley's first significant snowfall of the season today.

The National Weather Service in Moon Township issued a winter-storm warning for Westmoreland County beginning at 5 a.m. today and remaining in effect until 7 a.m. Monday. Armstrong and Butler counties were under a winter-weather advisory for the same times.

Six to 10 inches of snow are expected to fall in Westmoreland County, with the highest totals reserved for the higher elevations, according to Russell DeMaris, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Armstrong and Butler counties are forecast to receive between 2 and 3 inches today, with another 1 to 2 inches falling tonight, DeMaris said.

In Allegheny County, 1 to 2 inches of snow were expected today, with another "inch or so" falling Sunday night, he said.

"After sunrise Monday morning, there shouldn't be too much," he said.

DeMaris said snow that fell late Saturday night and early today was the result of a cold front that moved through the region.

"After that goes by, the winds will turn northwesterly, and we'll get some lake-enhanced snow fall (today)," he said.

Temperatures will remain frigid, as today's high won't go above 22 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will dip to 6 degrees overnight and only rebound to 20 degrees Monday.

Wednesday is forecast to the warmest day of the week, according to the weather service, with a high reaching 40 degrees.

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