Blowing snow, low visibility forecast for Pittsburgh region

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The National Weather Service said this morning to expect snow all day today, with accumulations up to five or six inches in some areas and a snow band expected to deliver blinding snow between 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Slippery conditions on the roads already caused a spate of minor accidents this morning, an Allegheny County dispatcher said. A three-car accident was reported at the intersection of Allegheny River and Washington boulevards at around 9:20 a.m., with two people injured. The city also preemptively closed the steepest stretch of South Negley Avenue between Dunmoyle Place and Fifth Avenue this morning, but has since reopened it.

The snow began falling at around 3 a.m. and around 3 inches had accumulated at the National Weather Service's office in Moon as of late afternoon. A heavy band was forecast to move across the region, bringing bursts of snow that could reduce visibility to zero, meteorologist Brad Rehak said this afternoon.

Mr. Kennedy also said to expect wind speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. The wind, combined with the powdery snow, could result in visibility of less than a quarter-mile. He cautioned motorists to hit the roads only if necessary.

Though it was comparatively balmy this morning, with temperatures in the high teens, Mr. Kennedy said Pittsburghers should brace for a precipitous drop in the mercury, with temperatures around zero degrees and wind chills at 22 below overnight.

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published January 25, 2014 8:58 AM

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