PITTSBURGH — Soaking rain will change to snow by Thursday night with icy roads making travel difficult Christmas Eve.
Have the umbrella with you early in the day as steady rain moves through the region. Colder air wrapping behind the system will change the rain over to snow through the evening with temperatures falling below freezing.
Roads will become snow-covered and slick by 8-9 p.m. Thursday.
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A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday for our entire area.
A winter storm will bring accumulating snow to the area, along with a blast of cold air. A Winter Storm Watch and a Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for portions of the area tomorrow evening through Friday afternoon. #PAwx pic.twitter.com/3vAFNm0MQL— Jessica Faith (@JessicaWPXI) December 23, 2020
A Flash Freeze is possible, quickly changing water or slush on roads and sidewalks to ice, especially on elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses.
Road conditions will continue to get worse through the evening as snow begins to fall. Periods of moderate snow are possible. Several inches will accumulate through Friday morning. The National Weather Service is predicting widespread accumulations of 4 to 6 inches.
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Christmas Day is shaping up to be one of the coldest in recent memory. Temperatures will struggle to get out of the teens and wind chills will drop to near zero. Scattered snow showers will push through at times during the day.
Stay with our team of meteorologists as we track this system for Christmas Eve and the impact on your holiday plans.
Cox Media Group