Up to 10 Inches of Snow Possible Before Storm Ends in State College
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that now predicts 6 to 10 inches of total snow for State College, Philipsburg and Johnstown.
The warning will be in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Kerry Schwindenhammer agrees saying the State College area will see between 5 and 10 inches of snow before the storm moves out Thursday night.
He says the snow will gradually taper off through the evening. As of about 2 p.m., roughly 5 inches of snow had already accumulated in State College, he says.
A storm that some meteorologists expected to be no more than a few inches has turned into a much larger event.
Penn State University opened Thursday, but later decided to send students and faculty home early. The university closed at 2:15 p.m.
State College Borough declared a snow emergency along with surrounding townships. Cars must be removed from streets until the snow has stopped and the roads have been plowed. Cars that are not moved may be ticketed and towed.
PennDOT reduced speeds to 45 mph on Interstate 80 in Centre, Clearfield and Clinton counties; I-99 in Centre County; and Route 22/322 in Mifflin and Juniata counties.
For Friday, Valentine's Day, it will be dry to start with some sunshine. However, throughout the day clouds will move in and late Friday snow will fall. One to 3 inches of snow is possible Friday night. Snow is not expected to start until late evening, possibly as late as midnight.
"It's going to be a quicker storm and not have as big of an impact," says Schwindenhammer.