Wintry weather forecast for weekend

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Some parts of Western Pennsylvania are getting ready for some snowy weather starting today.

For Clarion County, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a storm warning for heavy snow from 7 tonight to 1 a.m. Monday. Snow may begin late this afternoon and accumulate 5 to 10 inches. The most intense snow is expected Saturday night and Sunday morning. The warning says that hazardous travel conditions are expected, with snow and blowing snowing causing hear zero visibility at times.

For Mercer, Forest and Venango counties, the weather service has a lake-effect snow warning from 7 tonight to 1 a.m. Monday, with snow beginning Saturday afternoon and accumulating 6 to 10 inches. The most intense snow also is expected Saturday night and Sunday. The weather service warns of dangerous travel conditions, including visibility near zero at time.

In the Laurel Highlands, including the Westmoreland and Fayette ridges, Ligonier, Donegal, Champion and Ohiopyle as well as some areas south of the Pennsylvania boarder, a winter weather advisory is in effect from 7 tonight to 7 p.m. Sunday, with snow beginning late this afternoon and accumulating 4 to 8 inches. The most intense snow will be Saturday night and Sunday.

In a winter storm watch, snow accumulation is expected to severely impact travel. In a winter storm warning, heavy snowfall is expected to make travel dangerous. A lake-effect snow warning indicates lake-effect snow will make travel hazardous. The winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow indicates travel will be inhibited because of slippery roads and reduced visibility.

As for the Pittsburgh area, snow showers are likely between 1 and 4 p.m. today. It will be mostly sunny today with a high near 39. Little or no snow accumulation is forecast. Scattered snow showers are forecast for tonight, with a low around 20. Snow may accumulate less than a half inch.

On Sunday in Pittsburgh, there's still a chance of snow showers, mostly before 2 p.m. The high is expected to be near 26. New snow accumulation is expected to be below a half inch.

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