Flood advisory in effect today

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A flood advisory from the National Weather Service continues today through Sunday afternoon for the Ohio River at Pittsburgh.

Flood stage is 25 feet. At 4 a.m. today, the stage was 17.1 feet, expected to rise to near 18 feet by early afternoon. At 18 feet, water begins to enter the Monongahela Parking Wharf, which is closed.

Elsewhere in the region, some flooding is taking place, includingVenango County, which is under a flood warning, According to the National Weather Service, flooding of up to two to three feet of water was reported at 9:24 a.m. Areas affected by the ice jam include Ohio City along Seneca Street, going south to the confluence of Oil Creek and the Allegheny River.

In Butler County, PennDOT announced Route 3025 (Yellow Creek Road) is closed in Lancaster Township between East Lancaster Road and Little Creek Road because of flooding and is expected to reopen 9 a.m. Monday..

In Armstrong County, PennDOT announced that Route 85 was closed between SR 210 in South Mahoning Township and SR 28 in Rayburn Township because of flooding but has reopened.

There are hazardous weather outlooks for some other Western Pennsylvania areas as well, including at least portions of Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Localized flooding caused by ice jams is possible today and tonight.

Throughout the region, some roads were icy this morning if water from melting snow refreezes on the cold ground.

Today's National Weather Service forecast in Pittsburgh calls for a partly sunny day, with a high near 52. There will be a southwest wind of about 15 mph, gusting up to 26 mph.

Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 22 and a southwest wind of 6 to 10 mph.

On Sunday, there is a chance of rain and snow showers before noon, followed by a slight chance of rain showers between noon and 1 p.m. The day is expected to be cloudy with a high near 41. The chance of precipitation is 41 percent. The forecast for Sunday night calls for mostly cloudy with a low around 19.


First Published February 22, 2014 9:11 AM

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