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Route 30 near East Pittsburgh had been buckling for weeks under the stress of continued rain and snow until it finally collapsed on Saturday.

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A recent onslaught of rain will continue sporadically this week in the Pittsburgh region.

The city and some surrounding counties are under a flash flood watch until 2 a.m. Wednesday, due to a hazardous combination of melting snow, steady rainfall, rising rivers and possible icy thunderstorms. 

Spring Nor'Easter Dumps Several Inches Of Snow On Pittsburgh

Mar 21, 2018
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A spring nor'easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the East Coast.

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A pair of back-to-back nor'easters is revving up to hit the East Coast on the official start of spring, when they'll merge into the fourth storm to slam the region in a month.

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Many schools have delayed opening after a blast of snow moved through western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is operating on a 2-hour delay Monday morning. 

Several inches of snow covered roads and slowed motorists in the Pittsburgh area Monday.

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Pittsburgh is expected to get as much as 5 inches of snow overnight and into Wednesday morning's commute – and the city says it's prepared.

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Snow is falling across Pennsylvania and that's causing some schools to delay opening or close for the day.

Motorists are asked to urge caution, especially on roads that have not been treated.

Temperatures in the western part of the state remain below freezing. Elsewhere, snow is mostly sticking on the grass and untreated surfaces because temperatures are at or above freezing.

The snow is expected to taper off from west to east on Tuesday.

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In two months, voters will choose a new congressman for Pennsylvania’s 18th District in a special election to replace Tim Murphy, who resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair. 

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Parts of Pennsylvania are dealing with light snow, while others face a bitter cold day.

Some schools in the central and eastern portions of the state have closed or delayed opening Wednesday because of the snow. Motorists are advised to slow down while road crews work to clear highways.

The Poconos face the greatest accumulations.

According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, the city shouldn’t be seeing any more snow from this storm. However, bitter cold will remain, partially because of the snow pack on the ground.

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There's a winter storm warning for Allegheny County tonight and officials are advising against any traveling. 

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First there was the snow. Then it was biting cold. Now snow and freezing rain are moving across Pennsylvania.

The precipitation has started in the western part of the state and motorists around Pennsylvania could face slick driving conditions throughout Monday as the storm moves east.

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Recent allegations suggest sexual harassment is part of the "culture of silence" in Harrisburg, LNP Media reports.

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Pittsburgh is feeling some of the coldest temperatures of the year and it's not expected to let up anytime soon.

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Snow continues to fall in Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas that already have seen a record amount of snow over the past few days.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says at least an additional 5 to 10 inches are expected through Wednesday.

The storm brought 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie.

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The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid deadly chain reaction crashes at high speeds.

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The first day of summer might make one think of a sunny stroll along the river or a fresh lunch on an outdoor patio. At the Carnegie Science Center, it’s snowballs.

Each year, the science center hosts its annual “Snowball Launch,” to ring in the warm season. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own snowball (likely saved in the back of the freezer since winter) to receive free admission and throw them via slingshot into the Ohio River.

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A big blast of winter weather is expected to blanket much of the Northeast in heavy snow just days before the official start of spring.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a winter weather advisory for Pittsburgh, with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected after 8 p.m. Monday. Areas outside of Pittsburgh, including the surrounding counties and parts of West Virginia, could see 4 to 8 inches. The advisory is expected to remain in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

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Snow advisories could spell trouble for commuters on both ends of Pennsylvania.

National Weather Service advisories for Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania predict 1 to 2 inches in and around Pittsburgh, with 3 to 5 inches forecast for counties east and south of the city. A similar advisory is projecting 1 to 3 inches in and around Philadelphia.

But it's the timing of the advisories that could cause trouble.

The western advisory runs from noon Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday with snow possibly snarling the Thursday evening rush hour.

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Pennsylvania's most northwestern county could be hit with 14 inches of lake-effect snow by Friday.

The National Weather Service expects 10 to 14 inches of snow to fall in Erie County between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Friday. The county borders Lake Erie and southwestern New York.

The lake-effect snow advisory says the storm will also carry winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Snow Makes For Frowns On Northeast Roads

Dec 12, 2016
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Snow and freezing rain made for messy commutes and closed hundreds of schools Monday as a snowstorm pushed into the Northeast.

The storm left nearly a foot of snow on the ground in some spots in the Great Lakes and upper Midwest before dumping up to about a half-foot across New York and northern New England. Boston, New York City and Philadelphia were spared.

Speeds were reduced on snow-packed roads and there were many school delays and closures from Michigan to Maine.

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Southwestern Pennsylvania's two major ski resorts are making snow and planning to open for the season on Friday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort both plan to open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and remain open for the weekend.

Seven Springs says on its website that "a blast of cold temperatures allowed our time to aggressively make snow."

The resorts are located several miles apart, both about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

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With a possibility of the region’s first snowfall this weekend, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials said they’re prepared for winter weather.

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Ohiopyle State Park traditionally holds Winterfest on the first Saturday of February. Park Environmental Education Specialist Barbara Wallace called it their big event to try and get visitors out to enjoy winter’s offerings.

“Normally we have sledding, and snowshoe demonstrations, and cross-country ski demonstration, sleigh rides, human sled dog races and all sorts of different varieties of snow fun,” Wallace said.

PennDOT Crews Brace For Icy Conditions Next

Jan 25, 2016
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After the weekend storm blanked parts of the state with as much as three feet of snow, commonwealth authorities must balance competing priorities: keeping state-owned roads clear while extending help to municipalities still digging out.

“This storm ... it’s historic,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards on Monday. “A lot of these cities and municipal public works departments are really trying to get on top of it... there are some very small roads, and it’s very hard with cars parked on the side.”

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State emergency management officials are urging motorists to stay off the roads in southwestern Pennsylvania, after a winter storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of the region. 

The governor's office reports emergency responders from are performing "multiple driver checks" on vehicles stranded on a stretch of I-76 near Somerset.  

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As parts of the East Coast brace for the weekend snowstorm and possibly feet of snow, Pittsburgh is only expected to see about 4 inches in the next 24 hours. 

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Pittsburgh Public Works crews will continue to work 12-hour shifts for the duration of the current snowfall event, according to city spokesperson Katie O’Malley.

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The last time Pittsburgh had this little snow this far into the season were the winters of 1890 and 2007, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service.

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  That snow shovel idling in the garage might see less use this winter.

Forecasts show the upcoming winter will be warmer than average — about six-tenths to one-quarter of a degree warmer every day — with slightly higher odds for light precipitation, according to Matthew Rosencrans, head of forecast operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. 

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Pittsburgh’s snow plow drivers are working extended 12 hour shifts to clear the 1-3 inches of snow expected to fall Wednesday afternoon.

“Their typical shift ends this afternoon, but their shift has been extended... ‘snow fighting mode’ as we like to call it,” said City spokeswoman Katie O’Malley.

All of the city’s 70 trucks are out treating the streets.

O’Malley said the city has plenty of salt and is using a calcium chloride blend to help the salt work in the single digit temperatures forecast overnight.

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