February arrives in Pittsburgh with chilling temperatures, high waters

Mon Wharf closed again; water restricting Tenth Street Bypass


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Wind chills reaching below zero, a flood advisory in Pittsburgh, a winter weather advisory for the higher elevations to the east and lake-effect snow warnings and advisories near Lake Erie ... welcome to February in Western Pennsylvania.

Temperatures in the teens with the potential for 3 to 5 inches of snow in the winter weather advisory area of eastern Fayette and Westmoreland counties, and all of Cambria and Somerset counties, have prompted some school districts to operate on a delayed basis. For a list of delays, visit the PG's news partner, KDKA-TV.

The Mon Wharf in Pittsburgh is closed again today to parking because of high water from the Monongahela River. A flood advisory for the Ohio River basin in the city continues through Saturday evening. Water at the Point is expected to crest this morning at 22.5 feet; the Mon Wharf floods at 18 feet, and the Tenth Street Bypass at 22 feet.

Travelers heading north to Erie or to Cleveland will face a lake-effect snow warning. That area is expecting a total accumulation of about a foot. Lesser totals are expected in Mercer, Venango and Forest counties.

Can Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, bring warming news tomorrow? Don't bet on it. The short-term forecast for the weekend calls for more snow, as much as 2 inches in Pittsburgh, falling Saturday and more Saturday night and Sunday.

For the latest watches, warnings and advisories, visit the website of the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

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