Rain and strong winds forecast for Pittsburgh area today

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A cold front closing in on Western Pennsylvania this afternoon is expected to bring rain showers and the potential for strong wind gusts to the Pittsburgh area.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a special weather statement at 11:30 a.m., advising residents that wind gusts of 45 to 50 mph are possible.

Counties in the coverage area are Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Venango. The statement also covers northern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and Garrett County in Maryland.

Expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm mainly before 5 p.m., the weather service said. Temperatures should fall into the low 50s by that time, with sustained winds from the west at 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Rainfall amounts are expected between a tenth and quarter of an inch, with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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Pete Zapadka: pzapadka@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1857 and on Twitter: @pzapadka. First Published April 19, 2013 12:15 AM


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