The blast of cold air that has engulfed the Pittsburgh region over the past few days will linger a little longer and is now expected to bring snow showers.
The National Weather Service is forecasting snow in the city's South Hills area for late on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning. There is also a chance of snow on Friday afternoon. All of the showers could bring a half-inch to 3 inches before the weekend.
The temperatures will remain bitterly cold with lows in the single digits on Thursday and wind chill values below zero. The temperatures will remain frigid on Friday and on Saturday.
Here's a look at, roughly, the Baldwin-Whitehall forecast through Sunday from the National Weather Service:
- Wednesday Night—Light snow likely, mainly before 5 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 11. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.
- Thursday—A chance of snow showers, mainly before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19. Northwest wind of 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible.
- Thursday Night—Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -1. North wind of 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
- Friday—Snow showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as -1. East wind of around 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
- Friday Night—A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 12. West wind of 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
- Saturday—A chance of snow showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
- Saturday Night—Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.
- Sunday—Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.
- Sunday Night—A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
This forecast, of course, is subject to change.
Allegheny County officials are offering numerous tips for how to prepare for severe weather, what to do to protect yourself from frigid temperatures, how to prevent home heating fires and assisting elderly neighbors or the homeless. Click this link to read more about what you can do to protect yourself and others during severe winter weather.
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