Pittsburgh put on winter storm watch ahead of weekend snowfall, with up to 6" expected in area
The Pittsburgh region is bracing for an early spring snowstorm. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of western Pennsylvania that will go into effect at 10 p.m. on Friday through noon on Saturday. Between 3 and 6 inches of snow are expected to fall.
Morning update: We expect an earlier arrival time for snow; the first flakes should fall tonight. Totals have been lowered over the area due to an eastward shift in the track of the low pressure center. The position of the low still introduces some uncertainty in snow totals. pic.twitter.com/UhNsvdErt0— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) March 11, 2022
“It is still winter in Pittsburgh,” said Pat Herald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh. “March is a highly variable month as far as weather is concerned, so this type of thing is not unexpected.”
There will be a high around 54 degrees on Friday, but that will change by Friday night.
“[T]here’ll be . . . colder air moving in, and that of course will interact with this approaching storm system for the snow,” Herald said.
Snow will likely begin to accumulate on Friday night. Drivers are advised to take precautions and avoid travel if possible.
Herald said the fact that the storm is on a weekend may work to the advantage of snow removal crews.
“Usually when you get this type of snow, the [snowfall] rates can get fairly high, so clearance becomes a problem. The good part of this is, it is a Saturday, so less people are working. And hopefully that’ll leave a little more room for the clearance crews to keep the roads clear,” he said.
According to Herald, the snow will likely start melting on Sunday, when temperatures begin to creep back up.
“It’ll be on the ground, but it will be rotting. Temperature’s getting up to 30s, sun angle is high this time of year, this snow’s not going to last long,” Herald said.
The forecast for Monday predicts temperatures will return to the 50s.
Find updates from the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh here.