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As Winter Storm Moves in, State College Officials say Snow Removal Budget is on Track

by on February 04, 2014 6:45 AM

A Winter Storm Watch issued by The National Weather Service remains in effect for Tuesday evening through Wednesday night.

There is the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards says the State College area is likely to see about 6-inches of snow overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Slick roads and reduced visibility are expected to make travel conditions dangerous.

The storm could bring the largest single-storm snowfall for State College this season. So far, the most snow we've gotten was the six inches that fell on Dec. 14.

Tuesday will start off dry with some sun and a high of 32 degrees. Clouds will increase throughout the day. The snow is expected to start around sunset and be heaviest overnight before stopping around midday Wednesday. The high Wednesday will be about 32.

Late Tuesday night is the best chance for snow to mix with sleet. Edwards says the amount of sleet that falls could lower snow totals for State College.

After the snow, colder temperatures will arrive with a high of 20 expected for Thursday. High temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s through the weekend. Lows will be in the teens.

AccuWeather is also keeping a close eye on another storm track that could mean snow Sunday into Monday.

For the latest AccuWeather forecast, click HERE.

As for how all of this snow is impacting snow removal budgets, State College says so far its budget remains on track.

At the halfway point of winter, State College Borough Public Works Director Mark Whitfield says the borough is on target with its snow removal budget and supplies for a typical winter.

Generally, officials use Feb. 1 as the halfway mark for the winter.

For State College, a typical year is roughly 20 winter weather events and 42-inches of total snowfall for the year, Whitfield says.

The borough is also on target with salt usage at half of what the borough expects to use this season.

"Of course, all of that can change in a very short period of time," Whitfield says.

Currently, the borough is keeping a minimal amount of salt on hand, roughly 300 to 400 tons. That's because the borough is in the process of demolishing the existing salt storage building and constructing a new facility.

"We do not want to end the winter, if we can avoid it, with a lot of salt on hand," Whitfield says.

He added that receiving salt deliveries has not been an issue for the borough this year.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government. jenn.miller@statecollege.com
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