KDKA-TV Evening Forecast (3/31)

Stay on top of local weather with meteorologist Ray Petelin's forecast!

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- Well, I don't know about you, but I'm running out of ways to say it. We have some snow headed this way.

- Yeah, so let's have meteorologist Ray Petelin say it one more time for us. Ray?

RAY PETELIN: It gonna snow.


Yeah, we have some snow on the way. And one of the big things that leads to the snow is the drop in temperatures that we've already been seeing that take place. Compared to the same time just 24 hours ago, we have temperatures that are 20 to 25 degrees colder. So that cold air continues to drain in, and our temperatures will continue to drop. And as that's the case, we'll set the stage for some mixing and then eventually some snow to take over.

Just clouds right now here in Pittsburgh. 50 degrees. Winds out of the north-northwest at 10 miles per hour. So our temps are hanging out at about 50, little cooler up to the north. You get 51 down in Morgantown, Connellsville. The warm spot reported right now is Washington at 54. But you could see, just up to the northwest, you go to Chicago, it's 40. Minneapolis, 33. Upper 20s, International Falls.

And this is the colder air that's going to work in here. That's one part of this system. And you can see, as that colder air is crossing over the Lakes, it is helping fire off a little bit of snow. So as that cold air moves down towards us and we get an additional push of moisture coming in from the Ohio Valley, that's going to mix with and change over to snow. We could see a little lake enhancement trying to occur with this. And that's why we're going to be seeing these snow showers develop and even some light accumulations coming out of the deal.

So once we get to about 9 o'clock, we're going to still see this rain scattered around. Most of it on the lighter side, but still, scattered rain. Once we get past 9 o'clock, we're going to start to get some mixing occurring up into the ridges, up to the north. This is about 10:00, 11 o'clock. After midnight, I think the snow is going to be a little more widespread.

And you can see it's mainly focused down here-- Garrett County, Preston County, Somerset County. That's where we're going to see the steadiest of the snows, so that's where we're going to see the best accumulations out of the deal. However, Pittsburgh could pick up some coatings on the grass, back porches, even on some windshields if you park in the driveway.

We'll still have some scattered snow, mainly light snow into the day tomorrow. That'll be just on and off. And then we'll break up those clouds bring, back the sunshine, and warm it back up once we get into the weekend. Snowfall amounts-- Pittsburgh, less than an inch of snow. We're not looking at big amounts here, even where it does accumulate on the grass, and it should melt rather quickly. 2 to 4 inches, though, up into the ridges.

And as you get into some of the higher terrain just outside of Westmoreland County, in eastern Westmoreland County, eastern Indiana, eastern Fayette County, Preston County, you could see an inch or 2-- and again, mainly on grassy surfaces. So not too much in the way of problematic snow, although it will get cold and you'll get to pull out the coat again. Temps tomorrow, mid-20s for what it feels like. That's the windchill, factoring in the winds and the cold temperatures. And then it drops down into the teens by the time we get into the 11 o'clock hour.

Tonight, though, 29. Rain transitioning back to some snow. Again, some light grassy accumulations. Tomorrow, we're going to see a high of 35. But it's going to feel more like the teens and 20s through the day. As for Friday, 41 degrees. Still a little cool, but we'll be brightening up those skies, setting us up for a pretty nice Easter weekend.

Other than maybe a very stray sprinkle in the morning on Easter Sunday, I think we're looking pretty good. But overall, temperatures warming up next week. Again, low 60s Monday, Tuesday, or I should say Sunday, Monday. And then into Tuesday, you're talking some lower 70s returning to the forecast.

And with the snow, time it in. The KDKA Weather app has a really cool interactive radar that also has a Futurecast built into it, one of my favorite features of this app that you can get for free in the App Store and Google Play by searching CBS Pittsburgh.