Winter storm takes aim at Western Pennsylvania; Wilkinsburg cancels holiday parade

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Much of Western Pennsylvania was under a winter weather advisory or winter storm watch for Saturday, and Pittsburgh and Allegheny County were added to the posted area this morning by the National Weather Service.

The winter weather advisory is in effect here from 1 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, with forecast accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. The snow is expected to begin between 1 and 3 a.m. along the Ohio-Pennsylvania line and by 4 to 6 a.m. in the Laurel Highlands. The most intense snowfall will be late Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon, the weather service said.

It will taper off by evening, possibly ending as drizzle or freezing drizzle, forecasters said.

Wilkinsburg officials postponed their annual Holiday Parade scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. Mayor John Thompson's office said the parade will be rescheduled.

The weather service said 4 to 6 inches of snow was expected in Beaver, Butler and Armstrong counties and areas to the north of that. Areas to the east were under a winter storm warning that included Cambria, Blair and Somerset counties, with more than 6 inches possible from late tonight to late Saturday night.

A slight warmup was in store for today, with partly sunny skies and a high of 31, a day after the high temperature of 22 fell 18 degree short of the normal high for the day.

First Published December 13, 2013 7:39 AM

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