Heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena left thousands of Spanish drivers trapped in their cars on Friday as roads were blocked and Madrid airport was closed.The M-30 and M-40 motorways near Madrid were among more than 400 roads where snow hindered vehicles, traffic authorities said. Citizens were asked to avoid non-essential travel because of the highly unusual blizzard.
Our dreary weather pattern continues today with mostly cloudy skies once again expected across Western Pa. and a low snow chance this morning.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Good morning, our dreary weather pattern continues today with mostly cloudy skies once again expected across Western Pa. and a low snow chance this morning.
Snow should have little to no impact on your morning commute.
Our setup today finds us on the backside of a trough pumping arctic air to the New England states.
It’s anchored by a fairly powerful upper low sitting well off into the Atlantic Ocean.
Rough seas for any ships heading to Europe from the US right now.
This flow will continue through at least Wednesday with us seeing a deep flow of winds coming in from the north.
This flow of colder air should keep us inverted with warmer air trapped at the surface by the cooler mid level temperatures.
This is why we are expecting overcast skies both today and tomorrow.
The issues in the South Hills neighborhoods should be remedied next year, when a new $2 million public works campus will be built to serve the area, Councilman Bruce Kraus said.
The rain will turn to snow tonight and with it a white Christmas!
A Winter Weather Advisory for the region goes through Christmas Day and there are also Winter Storm Warnings for the ridges and a Winter Storm Watch for Somerset County.
By dinner time tonight, temperatures look to be in the mid-30s and we see a transition to snow that will last through Christmas morning. It’ll take a little time for the ground temperature to catch up with the air temperature, but it looks like we will have a white Christmas!
The only downfall is travel will be tricky because snow is going to fall heavily and quickly. A general 3-6″ for the region is likely with the ridges seeing 6-8″.
High temperatures on Christmas Day will be some of the coldest air we’ve seen so far this season, only making it to the low-20s for our high around midnight and then temperatures drop into the teens in the afternoon with single-digit and even sub-zero wind chills.
Saturday, we dry out, but our highs struggle to make it to 30. However, we will see some sunshine.
Then, we are back to average highs on Sunday and it will stay dry with more sunshine.
The winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service will be in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Friday.
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Accumulations reached between 1 and 3 inches across the region, according to Lee Hendricks, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Moon, with Allegheny County totaling between 1 and 1.5 inches. Hendricks was not able to provide totals for Westmoreland, but predictions showed the county receiving under an inch of snow.
Across the region, Dayton Borough in Armstrong County saw the largest amount of snow, with totals hovering around 3.5 inches. Clarion County closely followed, measuring between 2 and 2.5 inches. Fayette and Butler saw between 1 and 2.5 inches Sunday morning, Hendricks said.
“The snow is pretty much done across much of the region, so I have scattered flurries here,” he said.
A man was taken to the hospital Friday morning after the car he was driving slid off a road and into an electric fence around a cow pasture.
The crash happened off of Derr Road in West Newton, located between Greensburg Pike and Pierce Road.The condition of the driver wasn’t immediately available.
The farmer who lives on the property said no animals got loose.
It started with a large vehicle that got stuck in the deepening snow. That minor incident grew into a monster snow-covered traffic jam as more than 1,000 cars became stranded on a highway that runs between Tokyo and the city of Niigata along the Sea of Japan coast.
“The snow was extremely heavy,” one driver told the public broadcaster NHK. “As time went by, the cars got buried. I was really scared. I’ve eaten all of my food and drinks. Now, to drink water, I have to melt snow I collect in a plastic bottle.”
Heavy snowfall in recent days, especially in the Niigata and Gunma prefectures, blanketed some areas with more than 6 feet of snow. NHK reported that these prefectures have seen seven times more snow than they typically do at this point at this time of year.
“I hardly slept, and I was worried because I had absolutely no information (about the situation),” a 48-year-old man, who had been driving to his home near Tokyo, told Kyodo News.
For a time, traffic was stopped in both directions. Lanes bound for Niigata were cleared by Friday morning, while about 260 vehicles on the Tokyo-bound lanes were still stuck as of 7 p.m. local time Friday, Kyodo reported.
The East Nippon Expressway Co. said it could be Saturday before all the cars are cleared.
The 66-vehicle pileup, including 55 trucks and 11 passenger vehicles, over a mile span on the westbound side of the highway happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday in Clinton County, State Police said Thursday.
The stretch remained closed Thursday afternoon with contractors trying to clear the vehicles, according to cops.
A second passenger died during the incident due to a medical issue, but it was not connected to the crash, cops said.
The fatality was one of five lives claimed during Winter Storm Gail, the first snowstorm of the season — which dumped more snow on New York City than all of last year combined.
Another death was reported just outside Pittsburgh when a man was hit by a plow around 4:45 p.m. while walking with a snowblower, according to the local CBS station.
PITTSBURGH —PennDOT has lifted the speed limit restrictions that were put in place Wednesday when snow was hitting the Pittsburgh region.Speed limits were reduced to 45 miles per hour on all interstates and several other routes.
Steve Cowan, spokesperson for PennDOT District 11, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 crews still have work to do on secondary roadways, shoulders, ramps, gore areas and turning lanes.
He said PennDOT will keep its full complement of trucks out until the work is finished.
According to investigators, County 911 was called just before 5 p.m. for a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in the 100 block of Union Avenue. Police said the man was walking with a snow blower when the plow truck was backing up the street.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and homicide detectives are investigating.
The victim’s identity has not yet been released.
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“The plow guys are out and usually if you see a tow truck guy, it’s not good,” Phil Riggle said.
Riggle, co-owner of Allwine-Curry Towing said he was pretty busy Wednesday.
“That first round hit and it really got the roads icy and we started getting accidents,” Riggle said.
Riggle had a message for drivers even though we’ve already had snow this season.
“Our biggest concern is when we’re on the roadside is having people move over, slow down, give everybody lots of space,” he said.
In preparation for a major winter storm event, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are advising motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel during the storm, and are anticipating that restrictions on trucks and other vehicles will be imposed on certain roadways around the state.
“We have been preparing for winter since the last one ended, and we’re calling on the public to be our partners in safe travel,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian in a press release. “Please, avoid traveling and if you must travel, be sure to check travel conditions and give plow operators plenty of space so they can do their jobs safely and effectively.”
PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton added that “if you must travel, before heading out, be sure to download the 511PA Smartphone App for real-time, hands-free PA traffic advisories. Speed restrictions and vehicle bans will be used extensively during this storm and you will want to be fully apprised of any changes.”
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Effective 1 pm. Wednesday, PennDOT and PTC anticipate vehicle restrictions will begin to be phased in reflecting Level 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan on the following roadways, according to the release:
- All northbound and southbound miles of Route 33;
- Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95;
- All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 78;
- Interstate 80 from Interstate 99 to the New Jersey border;
- All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 81;
- All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 83;
- All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 84;
- Interstate 95 from the Delaware border to the New Jersey border;
- All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 283;
- All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 380;
- Interstate 476 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95;
- All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 676;
- All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 295;
- All eastbound and westbound miles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the Breezewood interchange to the New Jersey border; and
- All northbound and southbound miles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension (Interstate 476) from Interstate 76 to the Clark Summit interchange.
It has been nearly five years since New York City has seen more than a foot of snow in one storm, when Central Park recorded its biggest snowstorm on record with 27.5 inches in January 2016. That streak may come to an end by the middle of this week, with the New York metro area in — or near — the bullseye for more than a foot of snow.
And it won’t be just New York. Much of the densely populated parts of the Northeast stand to see a walloping of heavy snow as a major nor’easter takes aim. Some cities may pick up more than a half a season’s worth of snow in 24 hours.
For cities like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York, a major nor’easter seems long overdue. That’s because many of these cities saw historically low amounts of snow last winter. The Big Apple only measured 4.8 inches last season — its fourth least snowiest season on record. The least amount of snow ever recorded in New York City came in the 1972-73 season, when the city saw only 2.8 inches.
For perspective, in a normal year, Central Park tallies around 25 inches of snow, and the snowiest season of 1995-96 delivered a whopping 75.6 inches.
A storm will bring heavy snow to parts of the southern Plains and into the South starting Sunday, while a major nor’easter is expected to hit the East Coast later this week, according to forecasters.
“A storm tracking across the southern U.S. Sunday will continue heavy snow over a portion of the southern Plains with heavy rain and thunderstorms further East into Monday,” the National Weather Service tweeted late Saturday.
The Weather Service said a Pacific cold front will sweep into the Northwest Sunday “with more rain and mountain snow.”
Despite 10 inches of natural snow falling on the slopes last week, Seven Springs Mountain Resort is not quite ready to open for skiing.
“It’s too bad, but we feel we don’t have enough snow to open yet. With social distancing, we’re not comfortable opening with just two lifts and three trails … we need more available skiing terrain,” said resort marketing director Alex Moser.
Specific opening dates are not set for Seven Springs or nearby Hidden Valley — both in Somerset County — or Laurel Mountain in Westmoreland County. Moser said Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are expected to open “in mid-December.”
Snow guns were active at both of those resorts Tuesday and Wednesday.
Although temperatures were in the 40s Friday, they dipped back into the 30s over the weekend and the snow guns will again be activated.
From midnight and through the day Tuesday, we will have snow showers leaving many with 1-2″ and areas north of I-80 and along the ridges picking up around 3″ of snow.
Our highs will struggle to make it to 40 degrees on Tuesday.
For the rest of the week, it’ll be cold with lows in the upper 20’s and highs in the low 40’s.
Our next round of rain and snow is possible late Thursday and through the day Friday.