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State College Schools to Open Late Friday Due to Storm, More Snow Possible

by on February 14, 2014 6:55 AM

You can forgive students for not knowing whether they're coming or going after a series of winter storms that has knocked class schedules for a loop.

Thursday's massive snowstorm closed State College Area School District schools for the day, and Friday's classes will be delayed two hours because of poor road conditions.

The State College Police Department says as of 6:50 Friday morning, roads are still snow-covered and slick.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Tom Kines says the storm dumped seven to nine inches of snow across the State College area, with Stormstown reporting 11 inches.

The storm turned out to have a little more punch than we expected. Kines says, "The track of the storm was closer to the coast which put Central Pennsylvania into some heavier precipitation. It was a stronger storm and the path was a little bit farther west than anticpated."

Road crews have been putting in long hours clearing streets. According to Kines, "The back roads still need attention. The main roads aren't too bad."

PennDot says speed limits on I-80 and I-99 have returned to normal. At the height of the storms speed limits were reduced to 45 mph on those highways.

Residents are reminded that they have to shovel out their sidewalks within 24 hours after the snow stopped falling.

Schlow Library will opening late, waiting until 11 a.m. Friday to open its doors.

The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority suspended the collection of recyclables on Thursday because of the bad weather. Any recycling that was not picked up will be collected next Thursday, Feb. 20.

Valentine's Day should be snow free, at least until late tonight. "There'll be a sytem that passes by to our south," says Kines. "We'll probably see some snow -- one to three inches. It will start maybe around midnight. The snow will quickly diminish [Saturday] morning."

Looking ahead, there could be another system that comes through on Sunday with a couple of flurries. AccuWeather is also watching another storm that could deliver some snow, ice and rain.

After that, Kines says, "It loooks like we'll get a break with milder temperatures in the second half of next week. We might actually have some days in the 40s. There will be spring fever alerts issued."

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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