Ice is mostly behind us, but winds will pick up overnight

Wind advisory from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday with gusts to 50 mph

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Sporadic ice patches this morning caused travel difficulties across Western Pennsylvania.

With yesterday's warmer temperatures and the snow melt that resulted, any runoff or standing water turned to ice overnight as lows dipped into the 20s.

Tomorrow morning, wind will be more of a problem.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a wind advisory through 9 a.m. for nearly all of Western Pennsylvania, much of eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and western Maryland.

Communities to the west of Pittsburgh will feel the effect of the winds first, possibly by midnight.

A cold front moving in tonight will bring winds of about 15-20 mph with the potential for gusts to 50 mph. Operators of high-profile vehicles, including SUVs and vans, are advised to use extra caution.

And temperatures warming into the 40s and 50s may help create another problem: flooding.

National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Hendricks said primary threats throughout the weekend include possible flooding caused by ice jams on streams and creeks or poor drainage.

A mixture of sunshine and rain showers was forecast for today, with a balmy high temperature of 53 degrees.

For updated conditions and the local forecast, visit the Post-Gazette's weather page.

Clarece Polke: or 412-263-1889.

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