Flights from Pittsburgh already have been canceled because of an expected blizzard in the Northeast, including those heading to New York City's JFK and LaGuardia airports and those in Newark, Hartford, Conn., and Boston.
"People have to realize that safety comes first when it comes to air travel," Pittsburgh International Airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said. "When it's bad weather, you need to pack some patience with you as well."
The Pittsburgh region should miss most of the storm, according to the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Rain this morning could turn into snow by mid-afternoon, but no more than a half inch is expected. Tonight, another half inch could fall before midnight.
On Saturday, the morning will start off cloudy but sunshine should prevail later in the day, with a high temperature of 30 degrees.
And on Sunday, it should be sunny and much warmer, with a daytime high of 46 degrees.
Ms. Jenny said travelers should confirm plans by checking flypittsburgh.com for real time-flight information.
A winter weather advisory has been issued until 10 a.m. tomorrow for counties that include Mercer, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Cambria and Somerset. Freezing rain will change to snow by this afternoon with accumlations of 3 to 5 inches. The most intense snowfall is expected this afternoon. Winds from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph will help create hazardous travel conditions.
For the latest watches and advisories, visit the National Weather Service website.
Molly Born: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published February 8, 2013 2:45 PM