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State College Encourages Downtown Holiday Shopping Despite Snow

by on December 14, 2013 9:45 AM

While forecasters are predicting heavy snow for Saturday, local officials are encouraging locals to keep their holiday shopping plans.

State College Pubic Works Director Mark Whitfield said Friday his department is prepared for the storm and will make every effort to clear the streets for downtown holiday shopping Saturday.

"We do not discourage people coming downtown to shop," he says. "We will do our best to keep the downtown area open and the parking areas open."

Borough Manager Tom Fountaine is also encouraging shoppers to visit downtown Saturday despite the anticipated snow.

"Downtown State College will be open for business snow or shine," Fountaine says.

Borough officials are urging holiday shoppers to use parking garages and decks on Saturday.

Public works will have 12-man plow crews working 12-hour shifts through the storm.

If the storm brings more than four inches of snow, crews will work late Sunday and early Monday to remove snow from the downtown area.

The department monitors the forecast and modifies snow removal as necessary, Whitfield says. "We keep a pretty close yet to the radar."

PennDOT crews spent Friday distributing a salt brine on highways in Centre County, according to PennDOT Assistance County Maintenance Manager Jeff Collins.

Roughly 40 PennDOT trucks will be on the road during the storm.

Collins cautions drivers to leave extra travel time "to get to their destination safely."

Click HERE for updated road conditions.

Click HERE for the latest forecast from AccuWeather.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for 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.
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