Old Man Winter lays blanket of snow on region but folds it away for today

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Old Man Winter challenged the region for a time Saturday, laying a blanket of snow of varying thicknesses followed by freezing rain and drizzle, then light rain.

But the old fellow is giving the territory a break today, said Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Pittsburgh, located in Moon.

"Generally, things were fairly uniform Saturday (in that) things started with snow flurries then changed to freezing rain then back to snow then freezing drizzle and then things came to a quiet close between 5 and 5:30 (p.m.) with some sleet and light rain," Mr. Hendricks said.

The big inconsistency was the amount of snow that fell. Mr. Hendricks said the areas north and west of Pittsburgh got the highest snow totals. In Butler County, Sarver reported about 7 inches while Center got about 6 inches. In Beaver County, close to 6 inches fell in Beaver Falls and about 4 inches in Hookstown. Meantime, Mr. Hendricks described snowfall in Pittsburgh as "meager" and said the southern and eastern parts of Allegheny County generally got 2 inches or less. The same went for most parts of Westmoreland, Greene, Fayette and Washington counties.

For today, the weather service is forecasting a chance of snow snowers accumulating less than a half-inch, with west winds at 16 mph gusting to 26 mph and a high near 30.

The windy conditions will persist through Monday, Mr. Hendricks said.

The National Weather Service issued a lake effect snow advisory for northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie and Crawford counties, from 1 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Monday, with accumulations of 6 to 9 inches possible through Monday morning.

In Pittsburgh Monday morning, falling temperatures will land at about 12 degrees followed by a high for the day of about 20 degrees. On Tuesday through Thursday, highs will hover in the mid-30s. Friday, just before the official start of winter, the high temperature is expected to be in the low 50s, Mr. Hendricks said.

But, just in time for winter's arrival on Saturday, Dec. 21, the temperatures will sink back into the 30s.





Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180.

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