The worst of the recent cold and perhaps the coldest days of the winter may be behind the Pittsburgh area. However, there are some storms on the horizon.
A pattern change will take away the pure arctic flow of air to allow milder Pacific air to mix in during the last few days of January and into February.
Through at least the first half of February, nighttime lows in the single digits with highs in the teens are likely to become a thing of the past for the city.
Temperatures will reach toward the 30-year average or a tad above average late this week into the weekend. The average high and low for late January/early February is 37 and 21 F respectively. Average temperatures begin to trend upward during February.
While dry weather is in store through much of Friday, a series of storms will begin to affect the region late Friday through next week.
A light snow is forecast for the Pittsburgh area on late Friday afternoon and through Saturday morning, followed by some rain Saturday night.
A weak storm is likely to pass to the south of Pittsburgh on Sunday night into Monday.
A storm at midweek could be the strong and may bring heavy precipitation. Details on the form and extent of the precipitation for next week will be made available as soon as possible.
Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. and noon EST. We will be talking a new round of storms originating from the South and Southwest that will affect the region through next week.
Tropical Depression Nine is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm and will turn toward Florida with heavy rain, gusty winds and the risk of flooding late this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance has moved off the coast of Africa and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
A swarm of tropical systems cruising the Atlantic Ocean will raise surf and risks to beachgoers along the East coast of the United States into Labor Day weekend.
Two tropical systems, Madeline and Lester, could pose hazards to Hawaii into Labor Day weekend.
While warmth will dominate much of Asia this autumn, drought relief is on the way for southeastern areas, but tropical cyclones could threaten lives and property surrounding the Bay of Bengal.
Thousands of Louisiana families are still cleaning up following the devastating floods that destroyed their homes.
Philadelphia, PA (1991)
Mercury reached 90 degrees or better for the 49th day this year, as the high was 92. This tied the all-time record for the most 90 plus days in a year, set in 1988. The record would be broken in September. The total for 1991 was 53 days.
West Chester, PA (1922)
So much hail fell that fields were covered with up to two feet drifted hail--the next day!!
New England (1954)
Hurricane Carol, first of 3 hurricanes to affect New England that year - 60 dead and $450 million damage.