Wind advisory in effect across Western Pennsylvania
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Winds will increase as the day progresses across all of Western Pennsylvania and nearby areas in Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a wind advisory for the region until 1 p.m. today. Winds from the south will reach 20 mph with gusts to more than 40 mph. The strongest gusts were expected around dawn continuing through late morning with the passage of a front.
Rain was falling before dawn in the Pittsburgh area, and although temperatures hovered in the upper 30s, icy conditions were reported, particularly to the north and east of the city. Some PennDOT trucks were seen pretreating roads overnight.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike was under a weather alert from the Ohio line to Mile 100, with motorists advised to expect changing conditions.
PennDOT said Route 66 was closed for a time in both directions between Route 322 in Paint and Route 36 in Farmington in Clarion County because of a multi-vehicle crash. The road reopened at 9 a.m. but closed again for repairs to a utility pole and power lines.
Rain will change to snow by this afternoon with little or no accumulation. Lows will dip to about 15 degrees tonight.
For the latest in watches, advisories and conditions, visit the National Weather Service website.
First Published February 19, 2013 5:16 am