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Winter Storm Hits State College, Schools Closed

by on February 13, 2014 7:00 AM

A storm that's dumped snow and ice across the deep south plowed into Central Pennsylvania overnight.

AccuWeather says we'll get 3-6 inches of snow in the State College area before the storm tapers off later Thursday evening.

A Winter Weather Advisory posted by the National Weather Service will remain in effect until 10 p.m.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski says, "The heaviest snow for us, I think is going to be later this morning, around 10 a.m. until later this afternoon, maybe around 5 p.m. There could be periods of brief heavier snow moving through. We should see light to moderate snow with occasional bursts of heavier snow late this morning and into the afternoon."

The State College Area School District says all schools will be closed on Thursday due to the weather.

PennDot is asking people to avoid unnecessary travel. The speed limit on I-99 in Centre County has been reduced to 45 mph. A 45 mph speed limit also applies to Route 22/322 in Mifflin and Juniata counties.

Penn State has declared a Midnight Clear from midnight through 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14. That means university vehicles need to be moved into one of the parking decks or designated overnight parking areas before midnight Thursday night.

Patton Township has posted a Snow Emergency Alert, effective at 8 a.m. Thursday and continuing until further notice. Vehicles that are not removed from the streets will be ticketed.

A snow emergency will also be in effect in Harris Township beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday. Cars that are not moved from public streets could be ticketed.

A snow emergency may also take effect in State College Borough. Cars must be removed from borough streets anytime three or more inches of snow has fallen. Other townships in the area have similar regulations.

CATA says its buses are running on normal schedules.

Pydynowski says areas east of State College could see much higher snowfall. "The heaviest snow will stay to our southeast. In the Harrisburg area they could easily see a foot of snow. Travel on Route 322 is not recommended today, going into Harrisburg."

He thinks the snow will taper off late Thursday, around 10 p.m.

However, more snow is possible on Friday. "There is a chance for some snow for Friday night," says Pydnowski. "There is another quick moving clipper system moving through. I think it will be nothing more than a fresh coating -- nothing as significant as what we're dealing with today."

Click HERE for the latest AccuWeather forecast.

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