February arrives in Pittsburgh with chilling temperatures, high waters
Westbound traffic along the Tenth Street Bypass was restricted before dawn by rising river water and the ice it created.
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Wind chills reaching below zero, a flood advisory in Pittsburgh, a winter weather advisory for the higher elevations to the east and lake-effect snow warnings and advisories near Lake Erie ... welcome to February in Western Pennsylvania.
Temperatures in the teens with the potential for 3 to 5 inches of snow in the winter weather advisory area of eastern Fayette and Westmoreland counties, and all of Cambria and Somerset counties, have prompted some school districts to operate on a delayed basis. For a list of delays, visit the PG's news partner, KDKA-TV.
The Mon Wharf in Pittsburgh is closed again today to parking because of high water from the Monongahela River. A flood advisory for the Ohio River basin in the city continues through Saturday evening. Water at the Point is expected to crest this morning at 22.5 feet; the Mon Wharf floods at 18 feet, and the Tenth Street Bypass at 22 feet.
Travelers heading north to Erie or to Cleveland will face a lake-effect snow warning. That area is expecting a total accumulation of about a foot. Lesser totals are expected in Mercer, Venango and Forest counties.
Can Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, bring warming news tomorrow? Don't bet on it. The short-term forecast for the weekend calls for more snow, as much as 2 inches in Pittsburgh, falling Saturday and more Saturday night and Sunday.
For the latest watches, warnings and advisories, visit the website of the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.
First Published February 1, 2013 5:28 am