Cold keeps its grip on Pittsburgh area, but next round of snow might miss region

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Residents of southwestern Pennsylvania will have to endure at least another frigid day as bitter cold air continues to grip the region and nearby areas.

The cold continues its assault on local school districts. Several districts are operating on a 2-hour delay today. For a complete list, visit the website of KDKA-TV, the PG's news partner.

In its public information statement released before 7 a.m., the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh reported low temperatures overnight of minus 11 in Lisbon, Ohio; minus 8 at the Washington County Airport; minus 7 near Bridgeville; minus 6 in Heidelberg and Waynesburg; and minus 5 in Carmichaels. Pittsburgh International Airport reported a low of 2 degrees.

High temperatures in the Pittsburgh area today will reach only into the upper teens despite mostly sunny skies, but after sunset the bottom drops out. Expect lows overnight to reach into the single digits or below zero.

While the city and nearby suburbs likely will miss out on a snowstorm Wednesday night into Thursday, locations in higher elevations to the southeast of Pittsburgh probably won't be as fortunate. A winter storm watch goes into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday and runs through 7 p.m. Thursday for most of Maryland and Tucker County, W.Va. Pennsylvania counties are not in the watch area, but ridges in Fayette and Westmoreland counties, and locations to the east should see accumulating snow.

By Thursday, temperatures should moderate, possibly reaching into the low to mid 30s in the city and nearby areas.

For the latest watches and advisories, visit the website of the National Weather Service. Current conditions and an updated forecast are available from the Post-Gazette's weather page.

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