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Hurricane Sandy forces Blizzard Warning for Western Maryland and Pennsylvania

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BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM MONDAY TO 6 PM EDT
TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM MONDAY TO 6 PM EDT
TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...THE BEST CHANCES FOR HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW
WILL COME FOR ELEVATIONS GREATER THAN 2500 FEET OVER THE
TRICOUNTY AREA TO THE SOUTH OF OAKLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY WET SNOW AND HIGH WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40
MPH AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS...LOCATIONS IN THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS ARE EXPECTED
TO RECEIVE UP TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW. LOCATIONS IN THE LOWER
ELEVATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE SNOW MIXED WITH RAIN...WHICH
COULD RESULT IN NO ACCUMULATION.

* TIMING...RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN CHANGING OVER TO SNOW MONDAY
EVENING...WITH THE MOST INTENSE SNOW EXPECTED AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WINDS WILL ALSO BE AT THEIR STRONGEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW WILL
BEGIN TO DIMINISH IN INTENSITY ON TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
DUE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AND STRONG WIND. VISIBILITY WILL BE NEAR
ZERO IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. STRONG WIND MAY DOWN POWER
LINES AND TREE LIMBS. SECONDARY ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE.

* WINDS...WEST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S TO MID 30S.

* VISIBILITIES...LESS THAN ONE-QUARTER MILE IN THE HEAVIEST SNOW
BANDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. REPORT YOUR SNOWFALL
ACCUMULATIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING 412-262-
2170.

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