PITTSBURGH (AP) - The winter storm brought substantial snow and strong winds to some parts of southern Pennsylvania, prompting flight cancellations and delays, but spared others threatened snowfall or flooding.
The National Weather Service says 10 inches of snow was reported the previous 24 hours in parts of Blair and Huntingdon counties, almost 9 inches in Somerset County, 8 inches in Fulton County and 7 inches in Franklin County. Officials earlier reported up to a foot of snow in Butler, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.
Forecasters posted a flood advisory for areas of tidal areas of the Delaware River and southeastern Pennsylvania but emergency officials reported no problems late Wednesday night.
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Dark gray clouds hover in the skies above Lewistown on Wednesday as the edge of a massive winter storm system skirts by the Juniata Valley. Forecasters had predicted between 4 and 8 inches of snow for the region but the storm tracked further south Wednesday, alternately dumping heavy snow and rain across parts of West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
"We're very happy that the reports of heavy, wet snow didn't materialize in many areas where we were expecting it," said spokeswoman Ruth Miller of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, where officials were still worried about high winds.
Philadelphia International Airport said 137 flights were cancelled Wednesday and there were "significant" arrival delays as well as delays in departures.
"The wind was a factor in our operational impacts," spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.
The National Weather Service said a maximum gust of 50 mph was recorded Wednesday evening at the airport. Electric utilities, however, reported only scattered outages late Wednesday night.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike issued a weather advisory for travelers to keep alert between the Ohio line and mile marker 201 eastbound.
Pittsburgh schools were closed Wednesday, and many other districts had delays or closures. Schools also were closed across central Pennsylvania, but state offices remained open.
Higher temperatures were forecast Thursday statewide.
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