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Winter Storm Advisory in Effect Tuesday, Snow, Sleet Freezing Rain Expected, Significant Snowfall Possible Later

by on March 03, 2015 12:05 PM

Spring is less than three weeks away but you would never know it judging by the relentless winter weather.

Another messy storm has us in the cross hairs, with snow, sleet and freezing rain all in the mix. And there's already another storm in the pipeline.

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for State College and virtually all of Central Pennsylvania. The advisory takes effect at 3 p.m. Tuesday and will continue until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The State College School District sent students home early on Tuesday, with high school, middle school and Delta program students going home at 12:30 p.m. Elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Snow began falling around mid-morning, but that's just the opening act. There should be a lull before the weather begins to deteriorate. "As we go deeper into the afternoon, that snow will transition into sleet and then a freezing rain scenario for late this afternoon," says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson.

We could pick up an inch or two of snow before the switch to freezing rain which is expected to leave about a tenth of an inch of ice.

Temperatures will hover near freezing overnight which means untreated surfaces could become icy, especially side streets and sidewalks.

Wednesday is expected to be a damp and dreary day with temperatures in the upper thirties. A secondary storm system will move in bringing a fresh threat of snow Wednesday evening. "It looks like we'll have snow through tomorrow night into Thursday morning, says Erickson, adding, "We're in the three to six inch range for our area."

And that could create especially hazardous travel conditions. Roads will be wet during the day Wednesday but temperatures will be dropping into the low twenties Wednesday night. "The first problem is that any wet roadways will freeze Wednesday night and then we add a layer of snow on top of that," says Erickson. "That could make it especially icy."

That means the Thursday morning commute could be tricky.

It will still be cold on Friday with a low in the mid-twenties. But the weather pattern is expected to settle down with more moderate temperatures in the forecast. "By the time we get to Saturday and Sunday, we'll probably get close to 40 on both days which isn't too far from the average for this time of the year," says Erickson.

For those keeping score, spring is scheduled to begin on March 20 at 6:45 p.m.

Click HERE to check the latest AccuWeather forecast.


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