Snowstorm remains on track to drop 4 to 6 inches on Pittsburgh

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If you were holding out hope that between Friday and today forecasts would fizzle for the region's pending snowstorm, you're out of luck.

As of this afternoon meteorologists are still expecting the Pittsburgh region to get socked with 4 to 6 inches of snow in the metro area starting Sunday.

As if it weren't bad enough that it's officially spring, the snow could hamper Monday morning's rush-hour commute.

"The Monday morning drive could be affected," National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Modzelewski warned.

Snow is expected to begin Sunday in the late afternoon or early evening and get heavier as the night wears on.

"Most of the accumulation will be during the nighttime hours into Monday," said Mr. Modzelewski from his Moon office.

Although the snow will taper off Monday, light snow showers are expected into the evening hours.

"Most of it should be coming to an end on Tuesday although we still have a smaller chance of snow showers lingering through the day Tuesday," Mr. Modzelewski said.

After that? Clearer skies.

Temperatures, which have been about 20 degrees below the average high of 53 degrees, will gradually warm up into the 40s Thursday and Friday and could hit 50 on Saturday, Mr. Modzelewski predicted.

The latter part of the week is also expected to be dry.

Pittsburgh has a variety of factors to thank for the expected snowstorm, including an upper-level jet stream far to the south and a low-pressure system developing across the Texas coast. That combination of low pressure and cold air will help extend winter weather into the early days of spring.

Areas to the southeast of Pittsburgh in higher elevations -- such as northeastern West Virginia and Garrett County, Md. -- could get as much as 8 to 10 inches of snow, especially on ridgetops.

"It does seem to be going on pretty late in the season this year," Mr. Modzelewski said. "I think everybody's getting ready for a little warmer weather to be moving in."

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Jonathan D. Silver: jsilver@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1962.


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