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Snow Emergency Ordinances will be Enforced this Weekend

by on December 13, 2013 3:59 PM

Due to predicted heavy snow, State College Borough Manager Tom Fountaine announced Friday that overnight (between 2 a.m. - 6 a.m.) all vehicles must be removed from borough streets to accommodate snow removal operations.

If State College receives 3 inches or more of snow, as predicted, a snow emergency will be declared.

All cars must be removed from posted snow removal zones. Cars parked in posted snow removal zones or cars parked in violation of any ordinance of the Borough may be towed at the owner's expense. Residents and property owners are also reminded that sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after the snow has stopped.

During this potential snow storm, downtown businesses are expected to remain open. Downtown parking garages and parking lots will remain open and downtown patrons are encouraged to use the Fraser Street garage, the Pugh Street garage, McAllister Deck or Beaver garage.

In Ferguson Township, officials issued a reminder that an ordinance prohibits parking on township streets when snowfall exceeds 3 inches. Cars can be moved back to streets 24 hours after the snow has stopped and/or the roads have been cleared.

In Harris Township, officials also stressed the importance of removing vehicles from township streets as soon as there are 2 inches or more of snow. Vehicles should remain off the streets for 48 hours after the snow stops in order to allow the roads to be cleared and treated. Failure to remove a vehicle from township streets during these conditions may result in a parking ticket or being towed.

In Patton Township, a snow emergency has been declared, effective at 10 a.m. Saturday. That requires car owners to remove their vehicles from township streets until the snow emergency is lifted. That is expected to happen at 10 a.m. Sunday. Residents are reminded they have 24 hours to clear sidewalks once the storm ends.

"During the winter, residents and contractors are reminded not to push or blow snow into the roadway from driveways, parking lots or sidewalks," officials said in a statement. "Residents are asked to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice."

Officials also noted that not all bike paths are the responsibility of the township and thus may not be maintained in the winter months.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the State College area.

Snow accumulations are expected to be between 5 and 8 inches.

The agency predicts light snow to start around dawn Saturday, which will change to heavy snow Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s Saturday.

Winds will be between 5 and 10 mph with wind gusts up to 20 mph.

Visibility will be one to two miles Saturday morning then decreasing to less than one mile Saturday afternoon and evening.

The warning is in effect between 5 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when a winter storm is producing or is forecast to produce heavy snow or significant ice accumulations.

Be sure to keep a close watch on changing weather conditions in the days ahead. Click HERE for the latest forecast from AccuWeather.

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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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