The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a high wing warning, in addition to a flood watch for Western Pennsylvania from Monday through late Tuesday.
High Wind Warning
A high wind warning means that sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph are expected. Wind of this magnitude can down trees...damage property and make driving difficult.
Lightweight objects such as trash cans, deck furniture and Halloween decorations should be secured. Use extreme caution while driving, especially when crossing bridges and overpasses.
The strongest wind gusts expected to occur late Monday evening into the early morning hours of Tuesday. Winds will then begin to diminish during the daytime on Tuesday.
Potentially heavy rain associated with the interaction of a stalled cold front across the Appalachian Mountains and Hurricane Sandy may cause flooding, the weather service website states.
Areas that get more than 2 inches of rain Monday and Tuesday might flood where drainage is poor or along small streams. If the heavy rain is widespread, larger rivers might be impacted, according to the weather service.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
The Pittsburgh area are is not expected to see more than a few flakes mixed in with the heavy rains, however AccuWeather is predicting that enough snow to bring out the plows is possible Monday night and Tuesday from the Laurel Highlands south into West Virginia and western Virginia.
- Tonight: Rain. Low around 41. North wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Monday: Rain. High near 44. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Monday Night:Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 39. Windy, with a northwest wind 29 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Tuesday: Rain. High near 46. Windy, with a north wind 24 to 29 mph decreasing to 14 to 19 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 37. West wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday: Rain and snow showers, becoming all rain after 9am. High near 44. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
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