Warming centers open for those in need

PITTSBURGH —When it gets this cold, it can become dangerous for those experiencing homelessness.Throughout the winter, nonprofits and other agencies in Pittsburgh are working together to provide warming centers for people in need.

Citiparks is opening four Healthy Active Living Senior Centers as warming centers until 7 PM this evening.

See the locations in the tweet below.

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Residents are also welcome to stop by all ten of its recreation centers. Click here for a list.

Source: Warming centers open for those in need

Extreme cold temperatures heading for Pittsburgh area – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — An arctic blast is headed our way — causing temperatures to plunge to some of the coldest we’ve seen this winter.

So, if you don’t have to be outside over the next few days, don’t, said Dr. Tom Campbell, AHN’s chair of emergency medicine.

“Avoidance is the best thing in extreme temperatures,” he explained.

Temperatures are forecasted to plunge into the single digits or lower with a wind chill below zero.

Source: Extreme cold temperatures heading for Pittsburgh area – WPXI

Pittsburgh Public Schools Closed For Snow Day Tuesday

Tuesday is a snow day for Pittsburgh Public Schools, and when students return, more classes will be remote because of COVID-19.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tuesday is a snow day for Pittsburgh Public Schools, and when students return, three more buildings will be remote because of COVID-19.

READ MORE:Live Winter Storm Tracker: Pittsburgh Area Digs Out After Heavy Snowfall Blankets Region

All schools will be closed Tuesday and all activities, including Grab and Go, are canceled.

Pittsburgh Allderdice, Pittsburgh Chartiers and Pittsburgh Dilworth will be closed until Jan. 24 because of COVID-19 cases.

READ MORE:Crews Battle Cold Conditions, Fire At Home In Beechview

Multiple other schools will be closed because of COVID-19 when classes resume.

Six buildings will be closed until Jan. 21:

  • Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8
  • Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
  • Pittsburgh Concord PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Schiller 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Sunnyside PreK-8 (No Grab and Go)
  • Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5

Two facilities will be closed until Jan. 20:

  • Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh South Brook 6-8

MORE NEWS:Some Pittsburgh Residents Face Snow-Covered Streets Ahead Of Morning Commute

For other schools issuing closures and delays during the winter weather blast, click here.

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools Closed For Snow Day Tuesday

Winter storm slams East Coast, leaves 200,000 without power

More than 200,000 customers were without power Monday morning in the Eastern U.S. after a major winter storm swept through the region, causing multiple tornadoes in Florida.

The storm, which brought snow to the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest over the weekend, appeared to lead to thousands of flight cancellations Sunday and Monday.

In North Carolina, the Transportation Department told residents to stay home and off flooded and ice-slicked roads Monday.

Dreaded black ice made driving particularly treacherous near the North Carolina-Tennessee border, North Carolina Emergency Management officials said.

Source: Winter storm slams East Coast, leaves 200,000 without power

PENNDOT PLOWS AND DRIVERS WORKING HARD TO TREAT ROADS DURING STORM | WCCS AM1160 & 101.1FM

Road crews are trying to clear roadways the best they can as the winter storm continues in Indiana County.

PennDOT District 10 Community Relations Coordinator Christina Gibbs said that snow plows have been out since Sunday afternoon trying to get ahead of the snowfall, but she said the toughest thing for plow drivers during this storm is the fact that the pace of the snowfall is very fast.

Gibbs said that plow trucks will continue to work on making state roads passable and eventually clear, but she asks motorists to give those trucks the space they need to operate safely.

Stay with your Hometown Radio Stations as we will keep you updated with the latest Accuweather forecast and the latest from the  Storm Center on weather-related cancellations and delays.

Source: PENNDOT PLOWS AND DRIVERS WORKING HARD TO TREAT ROADS DURING STORM | WCCS AM1160 & 101.1FM

LIVE UPDATES: PennDOT, PA Turnpike place vehicle restrictions as winter storm rolls through region

Restrictions to vehicle travel impact major roads

The Pennsylvania Department of Travel (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have updated their restrictions on vehicle travel as the winter snow storm rolls through the region.

According to PennDOT, changes are expected to continue, depending on conditions.

Source: LIVE UPDATES: PennDOT, PA Turnpike place vehicle restrictions as winter storm rolls through region

A massive volcano erupts near Tonga, triggering a tsunami advisory for the West Coast

A massive underwater volcano that erupted just before sundown Friday sent waves several feet high smashing into the shores of the Pacific island nation of Tonga and triggered tsunami advisories from Australia to Canada, including the U.S. West Coast.

Plumes from the explosion reached more than 12 miles above sea level, according to the Tonga Geological Services. At its widest, the cloud caused by the ash and steam reached about 150 miles across, making it easily seen from satellites.

In Tonga, home to 105,000 people, the extent of the injuries and damage caused were still largely unknown. Communications were disrupted for hours, according to the Associated Press.

Waves flooded parts of the capital Nuku’alofa — just 40 miles from the site of the eruption — including parts of the grounds at the Royal Palace, according to Radio New Zealand.

On Twitter, a Tonga resident named Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted a video on Saturday showing feet-high waves washing across a road into homes.

The activity from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano continued into Saturday morning with another, less powerful 10- to 15-minute-long eruption, according to the Tonga Geological Service.

Source: A massive volcano erupts near Tonga, triggering a tsunami advisory for the West Coast

How much snow will Pittsburgh get late this weekend?

Significant snowfall is projected with a winter storm expected to hit western Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.

Snow total projections

In and around Pittsburgh, 5 to 9 inches of snow is expected to fall.

Some areas north and west of Pittsburgh could see 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Areas south and east can expect a range of 3 to 6 inches.

Source: How much snow will Pittsburgh get late this weekend?

Pittsburgh weather: Tracking snow potential Sunday into Monday

All eyes are on the chance for snow over the holiday weekend.

Pittsburgh’s Action Weather meteorologist Jeff Verszyla provided an update on Thursday afternoon, saying the track has the potential for snow to move through the Pittsburgh region starting Sunday afternoon.

Source: Pittsburgh weather: Tracking snow potential Sunday into Monday

Pittsburgh Weather: A Winter Storm System Continues To Develop. Here’s What We Know

By now, you probably have heard about the winter storm system that is eyeing the east Sunday into Monday.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — By now, you probably have heard about the winter storm system that is eyeing the east Sunday into Monday.

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READ MORE:Pittsburgh Weather: Cloudy Skies, Warmer Temperatures, And Light Rain On Thursday

 

Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center

An important thing to remember is that the main energy of this system is still out in the Pacific Ocean.

When the energy is out that far, there are things we can see, but there are many that we can’t. Once this “low” comes on the shore, we will have the opportunity to gather a lot more data from weather balloons and surface instruments.

This will allow us to tighten up the projected path and have a better idea of how this will impact the Pittsburgh area.

Source: Pittsburgh Weather: A Winter Storm System Continues To Develop. Here’s What We Know

Pittsburgh Weather: Coldest Temperatures Since February Of Last Year – CBS Pittsburgh

READ MORE:1 Person Killed After Crashing Into A Pole On Second Avenue

This is the coldest we’ve been since Feb 21st!

Roads could still be icy in a few spots, but we will finally see more sun today with high pressure scooting by and highs back in the mid 30s.

Another refreeze is expected by Sunday morning with lows back below freezing and then we will have our next round of rain and even freezing rain overnight.

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There’s a Winter Weather Advisory for areas east and north of I-80 starting at midnight and going until 7 AM tomorrow due to a light glaze possible.

 

(Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center)

 

Highs on Sunday will be back in the 40s and most spots will just see rain but as temperatures drop AGAIN Monday morning to the mid 20s, a re-freeze could lead to icy surfaces.

Next week there will be sunshine for much of Monday, but snow showers are possible at night along the ridges and north and highs are only back in the 20s with lows in the teens and possible single digits again for Tuesday morning. Hello January!

 

(Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center)

 

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Source: Pittsburgh Weather: Coldest Temperatures Since February Of Last Year – CBS Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Weather: Area’s First Snowstorm Expected To Arrive Tonight – CBS Pittsburgh

The first significant snowfall is heading our way so when will the flakes start falling?

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Here’s the latest on tonight’s snow:

Arrival: 5:00-6:00 p.m. north of I-70.
Timing: Heaviest of snow moves through from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday.
Totals: Around 2” for Pittsburgh, totals of 2-4” for Westmoreland County, highest totals south of I-70
Impact: Slick roads from 7:00 p.m.- 5:00 a.m.

READ MORE:Pittsburgh Weather: Ridges Expected To Get Hit Hardest With 5-7 Inches Of Snow Thursday Night

The area’s first winter storm system is expected to arrive tonight bringing with it the first accumulating snow of the year for many.

WEATHER LINKS:
Current Conditions | School Delays & Closings | Local Radar | Weather App | Photos

In Pittsburgh, most should see around 2” of snow.

 

Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center

 

Larger totals are expected for places south and east of Pittsburgh. Westmoreland County will see area-wide totals of around 3” with higher totals the farther east you go.

The highest totals overall will likely occur in the ridges of Fayette county with more than 6” of snow expected in the area highlighted as having a winter storm warning.

READ MORE:Winter Weather: Hour-By-Hour Guide To Today’s Coverage On KDKA

The other big story today is the return of the cold with highs today at just around 30 degrees.

Most of the afternoon will be near that 30-degree mark.

Source: Pittsburgh Weather: Area’s First Snowstorm Expected To Arrive Tonight – CBS Pittsburgh

Impact Day: Strong wind gusts expected in Pittsburgh today

Wednesday is an Impact Day in Pittsburgh, meaning weather will impact your plans for the day.

Pittsburgh’s Action Weather meteorologist Ashley Dougherty said wind gusts were the primary weather concern on Wednesday with gusts expected to reach 35 to 40 mph.

Dougherty said at the moment less snow was expected North of Pittsburgh with more accumulating snow South of the city. However, she said the system could move South, meaning less accumulation would be seen. If it moves North, more accumulation would be seen.

Source: Impact Day: Strong wind gusts expected in Pittsburgh today

Pittsburgh Weather: Chilly Temperatures For Steelers Game

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — We have a decent shot at seeing some snow this week.

Now we won’t see any snow today or on Tuesday. The first chance for snow is set to arrive on Wednesday evening with some decent totals possible in the snow belt (Armstrong, Indiana counties) and north of I-80.

Source: Pittsburgh Weather: Chilly Temperatures For Steelers Game

Rain and snow arrives in Pittsburgh area late Tuesday afternoon – WTAE

Areas north of Pittsburgh could see a wintry mix for a few hours.

Pittsburgh’s Action Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey said areas from Pittsburgh south will only see rain and areas north of Pittsburgh will see snow followed by rain.

Areas north of Pittsburgh could see a wintry mix for a few hours.

On Wednesday, it will be dry, a little breezy and mild with high temperatures into the mid-50s.

Source: Rain and snow arrives in Pittsburgh area late Tuesday afternoon

Victims identified after tornado kills 6 at Amazon warehouse in Illinois

At least six people were killed when a tornado smashed through a massive Amazon warehouse in Illinois, one in series of twisters blamed for scores of deaths in five states.

Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford said late Saturday that another injured Amazon worker was airlifted to a hospital and searchers were carefully picking through the rubble for additional victims. At least 45 people survived the carnage wrought Friday when the tornado struck the building, about 30 miles northeast of St. Louis at about 8:30 p.m. local time.

Because the devastation came during a shift change, authorities struggled to determine how many people were actually in the building or otherwise unaccounted for.

Whiteford said the building’s walls collapsed and the roof caved in. A section of the building longer than a football field was destroyed. Police officers worked alongside Amazon employees, extricating trapped people from the rubble, he said.

Source: Victims identified after tornado kills 6 at Amazon warehouse in Illinois

Kentucky tornadoes: Death toll could reach 100, governor says

Gov. Andy Beshear said dozens, maybe up to 100, were killed in western Kentucky after a long and significant tornado ripped through the area overnight.

“This is going to be some of the worst tornado damage that we’ve seen in a long time,” Beshear said early Saturday. “This is likely to be the most severe tornado outbreak in our state’s history.”

The city of Mayfield, Kentucky was hit particularly hard, including a candle manufacturing factory that was operating at the time the twister hit. There were 110 people in the building at the time that it was nearly collapsed by the tornado. Dozens are expected to be lost from there, Beshear said.

Source: Kentucky tornadoes: Death toll could reach 100, governor says

2 Amazon warehouse deaths confirmed in Illinois after collapse during severe storm

At least two Amazon workers in Illinois were killed and others injured Friday night when a warehouse collapsed during a severe storm that moved through the St. Louis area.

Tornadoes and storms swept across several Midwest and Southern states, including IllinoisMissouriArkansasKentucky and Tennessee, leaving destruction in their wake.

Local emergency responders called the fulfillment center collapse in Edwardsville, Illinois, about 25 miles east of St. Louis, a “mass casualty incident.”

Thirty people were bused to Pontoon Beach, Illinois, to be reunited with family, officials said.

A wall the length of a football field and the warehouse’s roof collapsed. Around 100 emergency vehicles descended upon the fulfillment center where dozens of workers were reportedly trapped.

Source: 2 Amazon warehouse deaths confirmed in Illinois after collapse during severe storm

Pittsburgh Weather: Cleanup Efforts Underway After Thursday’s Severe Storms

By: KDKA-TV’s Erika Stanish, Jessica Guay and Royce Jones

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The day started off mild and seasonable, but that all changed this afternoon after severe weather hit western Pennsylvania.

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The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for parts of Butler, Mercer, Allegheny, Washington, Greene and Beaver counties on Thursday, but all warnings have now expired.

Allegheny County says the Hampton Township Fire Department believes a microburst hit the area, causing extensive damage. There were no reported injuries.

 

In Hampton Township, the strong winds ripped the roof off a home on Kirk Avenue. Crews put a tarp over the roof to protect it from the elements. Another nearby home had its roof partially ripped off during the wild storms.

Fire officials in the township said they responded to about 30 calls on Thursday night.

 

On Middle Road, a homeowner described the scene after storms hit the area.

“It was terrible. Just trees down on one side of the road. Had to use the other side of the road. It was just scary driving with all the debris on the road,” Jen Koervel said.

READ MORE:Crews Working On Water Main Break On Magee Street In Uptown

Many neighborhoods in the area were left without power after tree branches fell on power lines.

The American Red Cross has set up a staging area at the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department to help impacted residents.

In Washington County, the Peters Township fire chief said several homes were impacted. The chief said one home has substantial damage. The family was home at the time, but no one was hurt.

The NWS will be out in the area on Friday morning to survey the damage.

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Source: Pittsburgh Weather: Cleanup Efforts Underway After Thursday’s Severe Storms

Willard Scott, weatherman on NBC’s ‘Today’ show, dies at 87 | TribLIVE.com

NEW YORK — Willard Scott, the beloved weatherman who charmed viewers of NBC’s “Today” show with his self-deprecating humor and cheerful personality, has died. He was 87.

His successor on the morning news show, Al Roker, announced that Scott died peacefully Saturday morning surrounded by family. An NBC Universal spokeswoman confirmed the news. No further details were released.

“He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit,” Roker wrote on Instagram. “Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him.”

 

Scott began his 65-year career at NBC as an entry-level page at an affiliate station in Washington, D.C., and rose to become the weather forecaster on the network’s flagship morning show for more than three decades. His trademark was giving on-air congratulations to viewers who turned 100 years old.

Source: Willard Scott, weatherman on NBC’s ‘Today’ show, dies at 87 | TribLIVE.com

More Natural Disasters Are Not Occurring: UN Study Contradicts Widely Held Idea

A new UN report on climate change undercuts the hysteria surrounding the issue by documenting a marked decline in weather-related deaths.

In fact, the World Meteorological Organization’s “Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2019)” shows a slight decrease in the number of weather disasters over the last decade and a major decrease in weather-related deaths over a half-century time period.

That’s all the more encouraging given the number of weather-related disasters to hit the world has increased five-fold over the past 50 years, according to the WMO report.

Source: More Natural Disasters Are Not Occurring: UN Study Contradicts Widely Held Idea

44 Dead As Flash Floods Hit New York Area In “Historic” Weather Event

 

New York, United States: 

Flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 44 people in the New York area overnight into Thursday, including several who perished in basements during the “historic” weather event officials blamed on climate change.

Record rainfall, which prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency warning for New York City, turned streets into rivers and shut down subway services as water cascaded down platforms onto tracks.

“I’m 50 years old and I’ve never seen that much rain ever,” said Metodija Mihajlov whose basement of his Manhattan restaurant was flooded with three inches of water.

“It was like living in the jungle, like tropical rain. Unbelievable. Everything is so strange this year,” he told AFP.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at LaGuardia and JFK airports, as well as at Newark, where video showed a terminal inundated by rainwater.

“We’re all in this together. The nation is ready to help,” President Joe Biden said ahead of a trip Friday to the southern state of Louisiana, where Ida earlier destroyed buildings and left more than a million homes without power.

Source: 44 Dead As Flash Floods Hit New York Area In “Historic” Weather Event

Ida collapses Mississippi road; kills 2, injures at least 10 – ABC News

Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured after a roadway collapsed in Mississippi on Monday night

LUCEDALE, Miss. — Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when seven vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a dark, rural highway collapsed as Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi.

Torrential rain may have caused the collapse Monday night, and the drivers may not have seen that the roadway in front of them had disappeared, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Cal Robertson said. The George County Sheriff’s Department received the first call about a crash at about 10:30 p.m.

Source: Ida collapses Mississippi road; kills 2, injures at least 10 – ABC News

Hurricane Ida is moving ashore with history-making power on the anniversary of Katrina – CNN

(CNN)Hurricane Ida is beginning to move ashore and is set to make landfall early this afternoon likely tied as Louisiana’s most powerful storm ever.

The current forecast calls for sustained winds of 150 mph when Ida hits on the 16th anniversary of the historically devastating Hurricane Katrina.
That’s just 7 mph below the Category 5 ranking, and if Ida arrives at that level, it would be just the fifth to do so on the US mainland.
Last year’s Hurricane Laura and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 share the current record at 150 mph.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday he expects Ida to be “a big challenge for us.”
Edwards told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that his state “is as ready as we can be,” but he expects Ida to be “a very serious test of our levy systems, especially in our coastal Louisiana.”
The state invested significantly in shoring up the levy system after the catastrophic fail after Katrina. Edwards said Ida “will be the most severe test,” but he expects the levees to hold. “The next 24, 36 hours are just going to be very, very critical for us here in Louisiana.”
Ida became a Category 4 storm early Sunday morning, rapidly intensifying to sustained winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It was 50 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, NHC forecasters said in a 10 a.m. ET update, as the storm continued its march toward Louisiana and the Gulf Coast at 15 mph.

Outer bands from the storm are already making their way onshore across the Gulf Coast, impacting southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans. An elevated weather station at Pilot’s Station East near Southwest Pass, Louisiana, recently reported a wind gust up to 107 mph, the NHC said.

Source: Hurricane Ida is moving ashore with history-making power on the anniversary of Katrina – CNN

Storm Ida could slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane | Live Science

Tropical storm Ida is gaining strength as it barrels through the Caribbean Sea and is expected to be a “dangerous major hurricane” when it slams into the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday (Aug. 29), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned Friday morning (Aug. 27).

The NHC defines a major hurricane as a Category 3 or higher, meaning Ida could reach maximum sustained winds of 111 mph (178.6 km/h) or greater by the time it reaches the Louisiana coast; Ida would be the fourth hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. As of now, the storm is projected to hit Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds around 115 mph (185 km/h), Buzzfeed News reported.

Assuming Ida follows its projected path, the storm could hit on the 16th anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans in 2005.

Related: The 20 costliest, most destructive hurricanes to hit the US

Source: Storm Ida could slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane | Live Science