More light snow expected today in Pittsburgh region

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Another light accumulation of snow is expected late this afternoon across southwestern Pennsylvania.

While it may have an impact on the commute, another "Snowmageddon" is not looming.

Today is the third anniversary of the start of that record-breaking snowfall that in 2010 crippled the Pittsburgh area and much of the mid-Atlantic region.

February 2010 brought more snow than any month in Pittsburgh history, starting with nearly 2 feet that fell that Feb. 5-6. By month's end, some 48 inches had fallen on the city.

The day before the snow started, the National Weather Service had predicted the city would get 6 to 12 inches.

The meteorologists later changed that prediction to upwards of 15 inches.

But that, too, fell short.

The National Guard was sent to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to assist fire, ambulance and police services. Public works crews faced the daunting task of clearing hundreds of trees and repairing electrical lines.

Allegheny County and 34 municipalities declared states of emergency.

And while yesterday afternoon's snowfall caused many delays for people heading home, today's precipitation is expected to start later, thereby giving commuters a potential head start on the roads.

About lunchtime, foggy to mostly cloudy conditions were prevalent near Pittsburgh.

By 5 p.m., snow should be falling across the region, with accumulation of another inch or so by this evening and lasting through about 3 a.m.

Lows should reach the lower 20s with light winds from the west. Skies gradually will become mostly sunny tomorrow with highs in the upper 20s.

The Mon Wharf is closed again today to parking.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority said today that cleanup of frozen mud and debris has been suspended because of sub-freezing temperatures. The debris was left behind when the wharf flooded last week.

If memories of "Snowmageddon" and the prospect of more light snow tonight seem depressing, remember: There are 43 days till spring.

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Pete Zapadka: First Published February 5, 2013 10:00 AM


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