UPDATE: A winter weather advisory remains in effect Friday and the National Weather Service warns motorists of dangerous travel conditions because of very cold temperatures, strong winds and snow showers.
The weather service forecast snow accumulation of one to two inches, along with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, in an area that includes Western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio. Temperatures will be in the lower 20s.
"A winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow means that visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow," the National Weather Service website states.
Here is our previous story that was published Thursday:
Don’t let today’s warmish temperatures fool you: Snow is on the way for the Greater Pittsburgh area, including Allegheny County.
The National Weather Service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday issued a winter weather advisory from 9 tonight until 6 p.m. Friday for all of Western Pennsylvania.
Strong winds and snow showers are expected overnight Thursday into Friday. Winds are predicted to be southwest at 20 to 25 mph with gusts of more than 40 mph possible.
Weather forecasters are calling for an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight. The snow is expected to continue falling Friday, mainly before 2 p.m., with new accumulations of 1 to 2 inches possible, according to the weather service.
Rain showers will begin falling before 10 p.m. and turn into a combination of rain and snow showers between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. The rain will give way to snow after 11 p.m. with areas of blowing snow after 2 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Although today's high reached the mid-40s, temperatures are expected to fall to about 20 degrees overnight. The National Weather Service warns motorists of dangerous conditions as the quickly falling temperatures could lead to roads icing over.
A winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow means visibility will be limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow.
Drivers are advised to use caution when traveling, especially in open areas. Report your snowfall accumulations to the National Weather Service by calling 1-877-633- 6772.
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