Flood warning in effect for parts of region; Mon Wharf closed

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No ice, no snow, no scraping the windshield nor shoveling the walk.

And this morning, it was nearly warm enough to go without a coat.

Western Pennsylvania residents have waited a long time for a day such as this -- it was 55 at 6 a.m. at Pittsburgh International Airport -- but it comes with a price.

Winds were expected to pick up with the early morning passage of a cold front. And the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a flood warning for Armstrong and Beaver Counties lasting until 8 p.m.  and a flood advisory for Allegheny County until Sunday afternoon.

Some creeks spilled over their banks this afternoon when ice jams clogged them, said Brad Rehak, a weather service meteorologist. The flooding will subside as it gets colder over the weekend and less melted snow pours into waterways.

The warmer temperatures and rainfall of the past few days also means rising water levels.

The flood warnings and advisories have resulted in the closing of the Mon Wharf to parking until further notice, the Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh said.

Temperature-wise, by tonight, much of the region will be in the low 30s.

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


First Published February 21, 2014 6:10 AM

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