Cold temps to persist through weekend

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter, with temperatures this morning dipping below freezing in some corners of the region.

“So far, this is about as cold as it’s been,” said Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Butler and Connellsville measured 31 degrees this morning, said Mr. Hendricks, with parts of West Virginia in the teens and 20s.

The expected high today is around 50 degrees, with sunny skies in the morning and winds gusting as high as 35 miles per high, he said. Those winds should last until sunset, followed by a 40 percent chance of showers this evening.

Sunday is forecast to be even colder, with highs in the upper 40s. Normal highs this time of year are around 60 degrees, said Mr. Hendricks, with lows around 40.

“It’s colder than normal but really this time of year is crazy,” he said. “There are record highs in the low 80s, record lows in the low 20s. Year to year you have a chance of getting just about anything you could possibly imagine.”

The weather should start warming up again Monday, with highs forecast in the mid-50s and sunny skies.

Anya Sostek: or 412-263-1308.

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