UPDATED: Cranberry Crews Prepared for Tuesday Afternoon Snow
The area remains under a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m.
The Cranberry area will remain under a winter weather advisory for most of Tuesday.
After snow showers throughout the morning, the flakes are expected to continue flying during the afternoon, a statement from the National Weather Service said. Wind gusts of up to 35 mph could cause blowing and drifting snow.
A additional 1 to 3 inches of snow still is possible.
Jason Daily, Cranberry's director of public works, said crews began salting the township roads around 11 p.m. Monday night to ensure the highways were clear for the Tuesday morning commute.
"We had every route covered, so there wasn’t a whole lot of challenge with this," he said.
The advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday for Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, Armstrong and Indiana counties.
At 11:45 a.m. the National Weather Service also issued a special weather statement after Doppler Radar in Pittsburgh indicated bands of heavy snow showers along a line extending from 4 miles northwest of Darlington to 8 miles north of Grantsville and moving southeast at 35 mph.
Some locations expected to be impacted by these bands of heavier snow showers include Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties and the Pittsburgh metro area.
The service warned a quick 1 to 2 inches of snow can accumulate in these bands and reduce driver visibility. Areas of untreated and snow-covered pavements also could be slippery.
The snow bands are expected to shift slowly to the south in mid-afternoon, the service said.
Daily said crews would be on hand to clear the roads for afternoon snow.
"We’ll be playing that by ear," he said. "We're waiting to see what develops off that lake effect snow."
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said the Cranberry Township police department handled one weather-related accident around 8 a.m. Tuesday when a car went off Franklin Road. There were no injuries.
Temperatures today will range between 16 to 23 degrees. Report the snowfall accumulation in your area to the National Weather Service by calling 1-877-633-6772.