Freezing rain is predicted to create slippery roads – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In anticipation of freezing rain and slippery road conditions, PennDOT advises people to avoid unnecessary driving during winter storms.

PennDOT plans to put travel restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on some roads in the state.

Avoid unnecessary travel during the upcoming winter storm. ❄️🌧️ We plan to introduce travel restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on certain roads across the state. Details ➡ https://t.co/g3DjxbqOSH pic.twitter.com/M4U59lK8VK

– PA Department of Transportation (@PennDOTNews) January 25, 2021

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories apply to much of the Pittsburgh area. There are currently no warnings or notices in Allegheny, Washington, Green, and Monongalia counties.

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These “headlines” were issued by the National Weather Service because of the expected freezing rain (icy glaze) tonight.

Communities in the warning area have the potential to see significant icing tonight, tonight, and Tuesday. The counseling communities may have some travel issues due to freezing rain.

Precipitation increases from south to north in the area. Allegheny County is expected to see some rain and snow before rain becomes the predominant form of precipitation.

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As of Monday evening, the districts appear to be keeping the temperature just above freezing without any warnings or advice. Should the temperature drop a degree or two, look for additional cues to add. If you have the KDKA weather app, this information will be sent to your mobile device immediately. You can download the app here.

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The most significant freezing rain will occur in the ridges and this appears to be happening overnight through Tuesday.

With all said and done, some areas in the higher terrain could see 1/4 inch of ice. This can lead to dangerous trips and power outages. Counties north of Pittsburgh probably won’t see as much ice, but a thin glaze of ice could create potential travel problems.

The precipitation begins later on Tuesday. While Tuesday temperatures in Pittsburgh will be mild in January at least, it will be much colder in the second half of the week and into the weekend.

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