Western Pa. may get first heavy snow of season

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Western Pennsylvania may get between 6 and 15 inches of snow over the next two days as a winter storm moves into the region, the National Weather Service said Thursday.


The Weather Service said a winter storm warning is in effect from 3 a.m. today to 7 p.m. Saturday.


In Pittsburgh, the weather service expected rain to change to snow about 1 a.m. this morning. City officials said they expect between 2 and 4 inches there. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph also are expected.


Higher areas in southwestern Westmoreland and Fayette counties could get 14 inches of snow, and freezing rain also could lead to slick roads.


Erie and Northwestern Pennsylvania could get from 12 to 15 inches of snow. Winds of 20 to 30 mph also are expected, with gusts of up to 55 mph. Those winds are expected to cause significant snow drifts and create dangerous driving conditions throughout the region.


The storm also is expected to hit parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.


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