Most roads cleared, warmer temperatures predicted


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Pittsburgh area residents awoke today to discover another half-inch or so of snow fell overnight but, unlike Friday, they found most roads had been cleared of snow allowing for smooth travel.

Some flurries remained today but little additional accumulation is expected on top of the official 4.1 inches of snow recorded by the National Weather Service in Moon between 9 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. today.

A 911 supervisor at the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center said there were no reports of weather-related problems this morning.

"We've had no traffic problems. The road crews continue to hit the streets," he said.

Conditions will rebound nicely from the strong, fast moving winter storm than swept into the area from Canada on Friday, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Darnley.

A high of 25 degrees is predicted for today with a low tonight of 10. The sun will come out tomorrow--at least periodically--with a high of 30 predicted. And early Monday morning, temperatures are expected to pass the freezing point for the first time since Jan. 20, climbing all the way to 42.

The downside is the influx of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico between midnight and 6 a.m. Monday will create a wintry mix for a time before becoming only rain, Mr. Darnley said.

"Right now in the forecast is precipitation beginning around midnight but whether it's freezing rain or sleet or snow--a wintry mix, let's call it--during the morning commute [isn't known yet]. It's very borderline," he said.

All of that will set the stage for temperatures rocketing to 52 on Tuesday.

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Michael A. Fuoco: mfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1968. First Published January 26, 2013 2:45 PM


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