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Forecasters Increase Snow Predictions; Advisory Upgraded to Winter Storm Warning

The storm is expected to begin as a mixture of rain and snow before turning to all snow overnight.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a winter storm warning for the Pittsburgh region, including the Sewickley area, from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Forecasters say snow will accumulate 5 to 8 inches before the storm ends Wednesday afternoon. The period of most intense snow will be between midnight Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday.

A storm warning means that snowfall will make travel dangerous, according to the weather service, and drivers are urged to use extreme caution if they must go out.

PennDOT announced that it's preparing for the "mixed-precipitation winter event" that is set to hit the area tonight and tomorrow. Officials said crews will begin pre-treating and anti-icing the roadways Tuesday afternoon through the evening.

"Other preparations occurring today include checking equipment to ensure mechanical readiness and mounting plows on trucks," PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi said in a press release.

"Adequate salt and winter maintenance materials are on hand. Crews and salt trucks will remain out in full force overnight through Wednesday as long as needed."

Are you sick and tired of winter, or are you happy with the forecast of more snow. Tell us in the comments box below.

Agnes O'Donnell March 05, 2013 at 10:19 PM
When I am out on these LONG winter days I try to invision our beautiful days in spring & summer but it sure takes me a lot to stretch my imagination to get there! Please hurry , go away winter!!!! coco

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