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Winter storm on its way

December 21, 2012
Morning Journal News

In addition to the many crowded stores, last-minute shoppers will have something else to cope with today- snow.

A winter storm system was predicted to begin overnight in the area and continue into this evening, bringing with it as much as 2 inches of snow, according to meteoroligist Brad Rehak with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

"The storm system is currently in the area of Chicago and moving toward the eastern Great Lakes," Rehak said Thursday afternoon. "It's a fairly powerful storm carrying a good bit of moisture."

The Thursday rain was expected to change to snow showers around midnight overnight, however accumulation was not expected to be significant, totaling less than an inch.

Forecasts predicted the early morning air to feel very winter-like, however, with temperatures dipping to a low of 28 degrees with wind speeds reaching 35 mph.

Snow showers are expected to continue throughout today and into the early evening with an accumulation of 1-2 inches.

According to the NWS, blowing snow and high wind gusts of up to 33 mph are predicted, which may worsen driving conditions. Snow is forecast to taper off into the evening, but temperatures will stay chilly by reaching 22 degrees.

A winter weather advisory was issued by the NWS, initially for the hours of 3 this morning to 7 p.m. Saturday, due to the predicted conditions. Due to the snow and gusting winds, the NWS said visibility while driving may be less than one half-mile at times.

"Traveling will be inhibited due to slippery roads and reduced visibility," the advisory read. "Use caution when traveling."

The storm system is predicted to make its way out of the area and move on to the New England area by Saturday, according to Rehak.

The storm represents the first significant prospect of snow since last year's uncharacteristically snow-less winter, and most likely will mean a white Christmas for the area.



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