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Western PA/Pittsburgh Winter 2021/22 Discussion


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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA
1021 AM EDT Mon Mar 28 2022

PAZ020-021-073-074-281515-
Westmoreland Ridges-Westmoreland-Beaver-Allegheny-
1021 AM EDT Mon Mar 28 2022

...A HEAVIER SNOW SHOWER WILL AFFECT SOUTHEASTERN BEAVER...CENTRAL
ALLEGHENY AND CENTRAL WESTMORELAND COUNTIES...

At 1019 AM EDT, a line of heavier snow showers was located along a
line extending from near Aliquippa to near Murrysville. Movement was
southeast at 30 mph.

Locations impacted include...
Pittsburgh, Penn Hills, Mount Lebanon, Ross Township, McCandless
Township, Monroeville, Moon Township, Greensburg, McKeesport,
Franklin Park, Jeannette, and Aliquippa.

This includes the following highways...
  Pennsylvania Turnpike between mile markers 45 and 67.
  Interstate 79 in Pennsylvania between mile markers 58 and 74.
  Interstate 376 in Pennsylvania between mile markers 40 and 47, and
  between mile markers 63 and 84.

Visibilities will drop to less than a mile and a quick half to one
inch of accumulation is possible.

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in winter weather situations. Be
prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra
time when traveling.


LAT...LON 4022 7910 4021 7911 4020 7911 4020 7912
      4038 8008 4069 8042 4051 7956 4024 7910
TIME...MOT...LOC 1419Z 307DEG 26KT 4064 8029 4050 7960

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One criticism of NWS Pittsburgh. They talk about the snow squall warning system but I have not seen any this winter when there should have been at times. Most of central Pa is under warnings currently by state college and have done it other times this winter. We have had several already with whiteout conditions and cars having to pull over until it passes. If near zero visibility and 40 mph winds even for 5 minutes doesn't warrant one then what does?

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4 minutes ago, TheClimateChanger said:

Geez. The NWS in State College really loves their snow squall warnings. It's like the entire CWA at one point for just some scattered heavier cells.

To be fair, they also had yet another massive pileup on one of their highways today.

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1 hour ago, north pgh said:

One criticism of NWS Pittsburgh. They talk about the snow squall warning system but I have not seen any this winter when there should have been at times. Most of central Pa is under warnings currently by state college and have done it other times this winter. We have had several already with whiteout conditions and cars having to pull over until it passes. If near zero visibility and 40 mph winds even for 5 minutes doesn't warrant one then what does?

I do recall a couple earlier in the winter along the I-80 corridor. NWS PBZ doesn't seem too keen on them - maybe because of the EAS activation? The ones I recall seeing them issue were near the interstate, so maybe they prefer to limit them to particularly dangerous interstate corridors?

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This two-month winter definitely overperformed, maybe somewhat location dependent (as is every winter, really), but I didn't expect to even approach normal in this La Nina.  Really, though, it was a half-and-half winter.  December and February behaved as is tradition.  Then March went nuts as it tends to do from time to time.

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33 minutes ago, CoraopolisWx said:

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35 year revenge storm. 
4/4/87 was the first of many disappointments for a young lad. 
Went to bed that night with snow and a WSW, woke up to rain and a flood watch.:(

I grew up in Fayette county. We flipped back to snow and wound up close to a foot total. I think there was actually more warm air being pulled in to the north.

But yes, what could have been. Went to bed with 6” on the ground, and woke up to a slushy mess and a flood watch. But got a bunch more after we changed back, so overall I have a good memory of it. 

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