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More snow, chilly temps on the way

Madasyn Czebiniak
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Snow showers hitting parts of Western Pennsylvania could impact driving conditions for those venturing out early Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

A NWS special weather statement issued shortly before 5 a.m. said a band of moderate to heavy snow showers could limit visibility and cause slick spots on some area highways and parts of Westmoreland, Washington, Indiana, and Fayette counties.

“Visibility will briefly drop to less than a half mile in the heaviest of these snow showers, with a quick half-inch of accumulation possible,” the statement said. “The snow may create slick spots on area roads, especially on untreated and secondary routes. Use caution if you encounter heavy snow while driving. Slow down and increase the distance between your vehicle and those that surround you.

Impacted locations include Latrobe, California, Mount Pleasant, Scottdale, McChesneytown-Loyalhanna, Youngwood, Derry, Lawson Heights, New Stanton, Perryopolis, Ligonier, and Calumet-Norvelt.

Also affected are I- 70 between mile-markers 45 and 57 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike between mile-markers 74 and 99.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jared Rackley said 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall in the Pittsburgh region through Sunday night, with up to an inch expected on Sunday.

“(We’re) not really looking at a whole lot in terms of accumulation, but just kind of those persistent scattered snow showers today, specifically this morning and then Saturday and Sunday, as well, with probably a little bit more accumulation happening on Sunday,” he said.

Next week is expected to be cold. Sunday’s high will be 33 degrees with a low of 23. Monday’s low will be 14 with a high of 29. Temperatures are expected to start tapering off Tuesday night.

“Looks like we got some chilly temperatures with Sunday being, really, the warmest day, then we drop off pretty rapidly after Tuesday,” Rackley said.

“It’s going to be a cold week next week.”

Wednesday’s low is expected to be 6 degrees with a high of 10 to 12 degrees. Negative temperatures are expected Thursday morning, with a low of negative 5 and a high of 7 degrees.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected], or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.