The last breath of winter? Here is the latest snow forecast
The Pittsburgh area will likely see between three and five inches of snow Friday night through Saturday, according to National Weather Service forecasts.
National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Hendricks said he expected the precipitation to start as rain on Friday and then change to a mix of rain and snow in the evening.
“Then it will completely change to snow after midnight,” Hendricks said.
About one to three inches will likely fall overnight, with additional snow falling Saturday morning. The area will likely see between three and five inches before the snow begins to thin Saturday afternoon, Hendricks said.
“It will be relatively wet snow, so it won’t blow much, but it will be very heavy to shovel,” Hendricks said. “With wetter snow, when you drive over it, it can turn into ice as it compacts.”
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Once the worst of the snowfall is over, he said, scattered flurries could linger Saturday afternoon and into the evening but are unlikely to add much more accumulation.
Temperatures on Saturday will remain in the upper 20s, Hendricks said. The snowstorm will bring windy conditions with gusts reaching up to 35 miles per hour.
“It’s going to be a rough Saturday night,” Hendricks said, adding the temperature on Saturday night is expected to drop to 14 degrees.
Sunday’s forecast looks “a little better,” Hendricks said, with no precipitation and high temperatures in the mid-30s.
“Hopefully this is the last breathless effort of the winter,” he said.
Temperatures are expected to look more like spring early next week, with high temperatures in the mid-50s on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will likely see temperatures climb to 60 degrees.