Bunny brings brief reprieve from cold

Raincoats today; Down jackets Monday

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The Easter Bunny brought to town this morning mild temperatures and light rain, the kind of weather typical for an early spring day.

John Darnley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Pittsburgh, said temperatures began rising from a low of about 42 degrees at 4 a.m. today. The mercury will reach its high point of 55 at about 8 p.m.

Rain appeared on the radar for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area as of about 7:30 a.m. Steady showers were expected to water the region until early afternoon.

These typical spring conditions will disappear as quickly as the Easter Bunny, though. A cold front is expected around midnight, driving temperatures to below freezing.

"Things will take a nose dive overnight," Mr. Darnley said.

The low is to hit 28 degrees with the high expected at a chilly 37 degrees. Those attending the Pittsburgh Pirates season opener on Monday should be bundled up. "It won't exactly be baseball weather," Mr. Darnley commented.

Normal highs at this time of year should be around 58 degrees but the region's thermostats won't get anywhere close to that until Thursday when the high is expected to be about 50, he said.

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Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180.


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