STEUBENVILLE - Residents of central and northern Pennsylvania are double checking their calendars today with heavy snow falling, but locally the National Weather Service is calling for just rain and high winds.
Lee Hendricks, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Moon Township, Pa., said the storm that came up the East Coast didn't wrap around as far east and not as much cold air came down from the north as originally expected. He said the storm was difficult to track from the beginning.
Hendricks said areas in the central mountains of Pennsylvania and the ridges of Westmoreland County, Pa., had between 2 inches and 5 inches on the ground this morning, with more expected throughout the day. He said the snow is heavy and, combined with high winds, will cause power outages.
The National Weather Service is calling for about an inch of snow locally today but Hendricks said that probably won't happen because the cold air once expected didn't occur.
He said there will be rain with wind gusts of 34 mph.
"It won't be a real pleasant day," Hendricks said.
Temperatures will slowly climb into the mid to upper 50s by the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.