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More Snow for Tuesday Morning, State College Schools Now Closed

by on February 18, 2014 7:00 AM

Just like a scene from the movie Groundhog Day, we are living the same weather pattern over and over again.

And once again, State College is waking up to another fresh snowfall.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory which will remain in effect until noon.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Tom Kines, we can expect to see another 2-3 inches of snow before it's all said and done.

At 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Kines said, "There's one to two out there now. We might pick up one to two more before it's over.

The State College Area School District has closed all schools for the day. That reverses an earlier decision that said schools will open two hours late because of the wintry weather.

Patton Township declared a snow emergency at midnight -- continuing until further notice. On-street parking is prohibited. Vehicles left on public roads will be ticketed.

In Harris Township a Snow Emergency was declared at 2 a.m. Tuesday. All vehicles must be removed from public streets. Cars that are not moved may be ticketed.

PennDot has reduced speed limits on some area highways. The speed limit is 45 mph for I-99 in Centre County and for I-80 in Centre, Clearfield and Clinton Counties.

If it feels like you've seen this movie before -- you have. In last Thursday's matinee  a winter storm dumped 7-9 inches of snow on the State College area. On Saturday, we got an encore performance with another 4 inches.

So far this winter season we've had two inches of snow (or more) fall on nine days; one in Nov.; two in Dec.; two in Jan.; and four in Feb.

That doesn't sound so bad. "But we have had several days of one inch, one and three quarters, and you start adding those up and we've had a lot of snow events," says Kines.

Kines adds, "After Tuesday's storm the total amount of snow is going to be a little more than 50 inches and that's way above normal. In a normal year we should have close to 30 inches."

Once the snow stops later Tuesday morning. "The sun should come back out this afternoon, says Kines. "It's going to be blustery. It will probably get above 30 degrees."

But don't get too comfortable. Groundhog Day may return on Wednesday. "Another system comes in, if not late tonight, then tomorrow," says Kines.

"That system could have rain or snow. If it comes in early enough there could be some freezing rain. I don't think it's an all day event. I think it's a relatively quick mover. There might be enough wintry issues to cause some traffic issues tomorrow morning."

Click HERE to see the latest forecast from AccuWeather.

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