Pittsburgh gets a break from snow, but not from the cold

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Pittsburgh will be mostly snow-free for a couple of days but the relentless cold is hanging on.

The forecast high today of 20 degrees is 18 degrees below the normal for the date, according to the National Weather Service. It will be the eighth straight day of below-normal temperatures, and the 18th in the last 21 days.

The monthly average temperature is running 4.6 degrees below normal after a January that saw temperatures 6.3 degrees below normal.

Frigid weather will be with us the next two nights, with forecast lows of 2 degrees tonight and 1 degree on Tuesday night. Tuesday's forecast high is 19 degrees. The next chance of snow is late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening.

The weather service recorded 2.6 inches of snow on Sunday, bringing the seasonal total to 49.6 inches. In a typical winter season, about 42 inches of snow falls.

Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at www.post-gazette.com/Roundabout. Twitter: @pgtraffic.

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