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Lake effects

When forecasting for Pittsburgh one needs to take into account the hilly terrain, Lake Erie to the northwest, and a latitude that opens the town up  to all manner of climates. That in mind, one must paint the forecast in broad strokes, and hope for the best. Broadly, there were light snow showers and it was generally cool, but not cold, and mostly cloudy. Specifically? The temperatures were all over, and nobody got close, and not everyone had the right precipitation forecast. There was a cluster at the top, and Pennsylvania born and bred Accuweather ended up with the top forecast.
Actuals: Friday – Trace of snow, High 24, Low 14
Saturday – .2” of snow, High 44, low 29

Grade: C-D

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania is home to an inordinately high number of famous meteorologists and football players. Something to do with the mountains and snow, in both cases, I’m sure.

At 151PM, ET, Pittsburgh was reporting a temperature of 27 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. While it wasn’t snowing in Pittsburgh, it was still a distinct possibility for the remainder of the day. A stronger system that brought snow to the Mid-Atlantic yesterday has now shifted off shore, but it is a part of a broader upper level trough, and northwest winds off the Great Lakes were fueling some lake effect snows throughout the region in the absence of an organized synoptic feature.
Troughing will continue through the upper Ohio Valley through the day today, tomorrow, and most of the early part of Saturday before a thermal ridge presses into the region. This should redirect flow to become more southwesterly and eliminate the threat for those flurries, while also bring about some warmer temperatures after the forecast period expires.
Tomorrow – Isolated flurries, High 28, Low 13
Saturday – A few flurries, warmer, High 39, Low 22

TWC: Tomorrow -Cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible High 31, Low 20
Saturday – Mostly cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible.High 42, Low 25

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and cold; snow showers in the afternoon, accumulating a coating to an inch High 31, Low 17
Saturday – A snow shower in the morning; otherwise, mostly cloudy High 39, Low 26

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of snow, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, High 28, Low 15
Saturday – A slight chance of snow before 8am, then a slight chance of snow showers between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy,  High 35, Low 22

WB: Tomorrow – Considerable cloudiness, a slight chance of snow showers.High 29, Low 18
Saturday – Mostly cloudy, High 36, Low 26

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers, High 28, Low 15
Saturday – Mostly cloudy with chance of light snow showers, High 35, Low 22

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 31, Low 18
Saturday – Partly cloudy until evening. High 40, Low 22

Some very different opinions on temperatures, but this what happens in mountains, cloudy environments. We’ll see where those temperatures fall. It will depend on the clouds and snow. Here is a look at the bigger picture right now.


There was a brief sprinkle in Pittsburgh just as Monday turned to Tuesday. Nearly everyone anticipated rain to move out of town before the calendar changed, but that wasn’t the way it worked out. A good effort from WeatherNation was done in by those lingering drips, and the Weather Service, who was nearly as good on temperatures as WeatherNation ended up securing the top spot.
Actuals: Tuesday – .01 inches of rain, High 81, Low 62
Wednesday – High 79, Low 65

Grade: A-C

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh saw their baseball game against the Chicago Cubs delayed twice tonight because of thunderstorms. Will the same continue through mid-week, or is clearing coming?

At 1051PM, ET, Pittsburgh was reporting a temperature of 67 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Naturally, the Pittsburgh radar isn’t working today, however if the State College radar is to be believed, the airport at Pittsburgh is done with the showers and storms for the evening, though there will be a few showers and storms downtown for another half hour or so.
The cold front will stall even as its parent area of low pressure continues to churn over northern Quebec. Guidance is universal in its opinion that dry air will wedge its way between the primary trough and the boundary. This makes some degree of sense, and the pattern is stagnant that this is believable. Expect it to be fairly cool across Pittsburgh through the next two days.
Tomorrow – Clearing, High 81, Low 62
Wednesday – Generally dry, but mostly cloudy, High 78, Low 59

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 85, Low 64
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 83, Low 60

AW: Tomorrow – Pleasant with times of sun and clouds (early storms) High 82, Low 63
Wednesday – Partly sunny and pleasant High 80, Low 60

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny (showers early) High 79, Low 63
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, High 78, Low 64

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 79, Low 63
Wednesday – Partly cloudy High 78, Low 62

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 79, Low 63
Wednesday – Partly cloudy High 79, Low 64

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 82, Low 63
Wednesday – Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 81, Low 61

There is a severe storm south of Pittsburgh. Those things kicked up some lightning as they moved through town.

Frigid Friday

As the trough descended upon Pittsburgh, temperatures dropped overnight and kept on going throughout the day on Friday. Not much of a fun surprise for people kicking off their Friday the 13th weekend plans, but alas, that’s Winter for ya! A couple of inches coated the city by the time Saturday rolled around, but precip changed over from rain to snow at 11:27pm Thursday night, which ultimately let VW to a win!

Thursday: 0.63″ of precip mainly as rain, also a trace of snow. High 46, Low 33.
Friday: 1.7″ of snow (0.18″ liquid equivalent). High 33, Low 16.
Forecast Grade: B

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Peoria, Illinois

Another one day trip! This one takes us west from Pittsburgh to Peoria through what will likely be a nasty concoction of wind and precipitation. It is a 569 mile drive, which will take us almost 9 and a half hours at a rate of 60.6mph. Turn those wipers on, and let’s go!

By the time we leave tomorrow morning, all precipitation in Pittsburgh will have made the change to snow, and temperatures will ne cold enough that it will be a fluffy, almost powdery snow. The rapid cool down across the region may be enough to make roads icy from western Pennsylvania through Ohio. They may have been able to get ahead of it in Indiana, since the cool down will happen during the day today, but snow will continue at a somewhat steady pace through Indiana, until we cross into the Land of Lincoln near Champaign. The snow should be fairly manageable, as it won’t be very wet, but howling winds will bring down visibility, and existing ice on roadways in Ohio could be a problem. By the time we reach Illinois, the winds will begin to taper, and the snow will mostly be at it’s end, but don’t be surprised if there are flurries all the way to Peoria.

Athens, Georgia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I just drove from Minnesota to Florida and back. This ten and a half hour trip is nothing! It’s about 640 miles between the two cities, which lends us to a 60.9mph average speed as we navigate the Appalachians. We are squeezing it into one day, so let’s get to it!

The first portion of our day will take us into the Piedmont of the Carolinas, which will be a good, eastern route to keep us dry. We will continue under cloudy skies, but without the flash of the wipers until we start finding our way uphill. Fortunes turn along the Virginia-West Virginia border, when a spot of rain will develop, mixed, most likely, with snow. It will begin to transition back to rain as we settle back into Pittsburgh, but for a few tenuous moments in West Virginia, we will contend with steep grade, snow, and trucks without breaks. You will never be happier to be in Pittsburgh, I assure you.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Haha! Back! We are resuming where we left off, just a week later. Off to western PA!

At 1051PM, ET, Pittsburgh was reporting a temperature of 41, with cloudy skies. Rain is widespread across the region, as it is across most of the east, as a deep trough is pulling a rainy low northeast along the Appalachians. As the system moves north, it is pulling warm air with it, as another, superficially weaker system is actually fostering a true Arctic front, and the stronger low over Pittsburgh is in it’s warm sector.
The upper troughs will merge overnight tonight and the surface systems will become indistinguishable. Cold air will move into the area tomorrow late in the evening. Through that time, scattered showers and heavier rain will persist. The change to snow will come late tomorrow, and should be seamless, as in there will be no freezing rain. Snow will continue through the day on Friday as well as the trough dominates the country, and cold air invades the region. Temperatures will be warm enough that snow will be very wet, limiting accumulations, but definitely not preventing them.
Tomorrow – Rain changes to snow before midnight, High 45, Low 31
Friday – Snow, High 32, Low 21

TWC: Tomorrow – A few showers early with overcast skies later in the day (mix late). High 48, Low 33
Friday – Windy with occasional snow showers. High 33, Low 25

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a couple of showers (rain and snow) High 50, Low 18
Friday – Very windy; cloudy and much colder with snow showers, accumulating up to an additional inch High 25, Low 18

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy (snow after 10) High 48, Low 36
Friday – Snow showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, High 36, Low 19

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. Showers likely…mainly in the morning (snow after 10). High 47, Low 30
Friday – Snow showers likely. Additional snow accumulation possible. Brisk and much cooler.High 30, Low 22

Accuweather is strange tonight. Really calling for some temperature swings with this forecast that probably won’t bear out, given the clouds. Here is the active radar, with the heaviest rain east of Pittsburgh.

Elmira, NY to Pittsburgh, PA

More of a day trip than a road trip, only 271 miles separate these 2 Northeastern cities. It will be a scenic trip, but will Mother Nature allow the sun to shine through? Let’s take a gander!

We start off the day heading southward into Central PA with just some high overcast clouds. Overnight tonight into Tuesday morning, a swath of heavy snow will shift out of Central and Southern PA off towards the east, part of the same system that’s dumped impressive snow totals over the Northern Plains. Clouds will thicken for us the further we venture into Central PA, however most of the snowfall should be absent with our system’s departure. A few flurries are never out of the equation as long as it stays overcast, but hopefully the roads will have been plowed and cleared for our driving ease. As we turn westward from Altoona to Pittsburgh, low overcast clouds will persist though the day, but outside of a few spotty flurries, we shouldn’t have any significant troubles for the remainder of our trip.