The worst impacts from Sandy will stay east of Pittsburgh and the western slopes of the Appalachians into the Ohio Valley. However, there will be some impact in western Pennsylvania.
Folks making airline connections to the East Coast, especially from Washington, D.C. to New York City and Boston will experience storm-related delays, through midweek.
A stalled front brought cold rain to the region over this past weekend.
During the period from Monday night through Tuesday, additional rounds of rain are in store as Sandy moves inland over the mid-Atlantic and lingers. The heaviest rain locally is expected late Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Flash, urban and small stream flooding are forecast due largely to the terrain in the region and fallen leaves potentially blocking storm drains. On the eastern slopes of the Appalachians, major flooding of the Potomac River is forecast during the middle and latter part of this week.
More significant rainfall and a greater risk of flash flooding exists east of the Allegheny Front, closer to the source of tropical moisture from Sandy.
Winds from the fringe of Sandy will reach this far west. Especially so when an upper level system joins in from the west, causing winds to line up at the surface and aloft Monday night, Tuesday, perhaps into Wednesday.
Gusts between 50 and 60 mph are possible over the ridges of the mountains. Gusts between 40 and 50 mph will be occur on the west slopes of the Appalachians.
With these wind speeds, some sporadic downed trees and power outages are possible.
As for snow, there is the potential for accumulating snow in elevations above 2,200 feet in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia spanning Monday night into Wednesday. A couple of feet of snow will accumulate at an elevation around 3,000 and above feet in West Virginia with blizzard conditions at times.
A couple of snow showers, mixed with rain are possible in the lower elevations spanning Tuesday into Wednesday.
As it became obvious on Saturday that a major blizzard was going to hit the Northeast, the track and size of the storm became critical as to which areas would be hit the hardest.
Communities across the Northeast have endured heavy snow and fierce winds amid the first blizzard of 2015 with the storm continuing to churn over New England.
Lingering midwinter cold and additional rounds of snow will add to difficulties for cleanup and those without power after the Blizzard of 2015.
The blizzard pounding the New England region of the U.S. will continue to impact more of Atlantic Canada.
People may think blizzards are about heavy snow, but it's more about wind, blowing snow and visibility, and parts of the Midwest and Northeast are more susceptible to the wrath of these conditions.
Cape Canaveral, FL (1986)
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff. Cold weather on the morning of the liftoff was blamed for causing o-rings to fail which caused the explosion.
Record high barometric pressure readings: Miami - 30.55 inches Tampa - 30.66 inches Apalachicola - 30.72
Valdez, AK (1992)
Storm dumps 22.5 inches of snow, bringing the seasonal total to 275.3 inches, with five feet on the ground.