Spring snow relents across Pittsburgh region



This morning's spring snow storm fizzled out by 11 a.m. across the Pittsburgh region, when the National Weather Service reported most areas were receiving light drizzle and the temperature inched just above freezing to 33 degrees at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Road conditions throughout the region were mostly wet.

Snow amounts ranged from from about 2.5 inches in Carnegie to 6.9 inches in Farmington, Fayette County, said John Darnley, an NWS meteorologist in Pittsburgh.

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Downtown Pittsburgh received 4.5 inches and 3.9 inches fell at the weather service office in Moon.

The Maryland mountains received 10 to 12 inches of snow, he said.

"The good news is this isn't going to stick around very long," Mr. Darnley said. "It's going to melt pretty quickly."

The quick melt should not cause any flooding problems as area rivers and streams are expected to stay steady, he said.

The high temperature this afternoon is expected to be 36 degrees with the forecast for the rest of the week showing highs increasing a few degrees each day to 46 degrees by Friday.

The snowstorm rode a strong low pressure system into southwestern Pennsylvania.

Major roadways before dawn were mostly slushy to snow covered and, as expected, there are many school delays and closings. For a complete list, visit the website of the PG's news partner, KDKA-TV.

About 5 a.m., the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh canceled its earlier winter storm warning and downgraded its alert to a winter weather advisory through 2 p.m.

Counties in the advisory area locally included Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, Indiana, and western Fayette and Westmoreland.

Northern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio also are in the advisory area. Accumulations are expected from 3 to 5 inches.

PennDOT crew have cleared and opened the HOV lanes along Interstate 279.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is operating under a weather emergency between the Ohio state line and Carlisle, around milepost 226. Speed limits are reduced to 45 miles per hour and abandoned vehicles are being removed to allow crews to clear the roadway.

The snow prompted a bit of oneupmanship in the Laurel Highlands.

Although Seven Springs resort officials had planned to close their slopes and trails this week, they changed their minds when they learned that Hidden Valley would be open with discounted lift tickets, rental equipment, lessons and lodging.

Both resorts will be open for skiing and snowboarding through Easter. Blue Knob will reopen for the weekend.

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

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First Published March 25, 2013 9:30 AM


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