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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Centre County

by on February 11, 2019 12:40 PM

Updated Monday, Feb. 11, 4:40 p.m.

With snow and ice expected from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for portions of central Pennsylvania, including all of Centre County.

The warning is in effect from noon on Monday to 6 p.m. on Tuesday with heavy mixed precipitation possible. According to the NWS, 4 to 7 inches of snow and up to two-tenths of an inch of ice are possible.

AccuWeather is forecasting snow from late Monday afternoon to late Monday night totaling 3 to 6 inches then changing to sleet and freezing rain continuing into Tuesday evening in Centre County.

Travel will be difficult.

"Travel will become dangerous due to the combination of precipitation types. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times," according to the NWS.

Ice accumulations could also create other problems.

"While too early to specify exact ice amounts, there may be enough ice accumulation to coat trees and power lines, leading to power outages and travel disruptions from fallen trees, breaches, and wires," senior meteorologist Mike Doll said on AccuWeather.com.

State College Borough and College, Harris and Patton Townships have declared snow emergencies. All vehicles must be removed from streets until the storm has ended and streets have been cleared. Vehicles that remain will be ticketed or towed.

Ferguson Township reminded residents and businesses that street parking is prohibited once snowfall reaches a depth of 2 inches or more. Vehicles that remain on the street will be ticketed or towed.

PennDOT has announced a series of highway restrictions around the state. Among those are a full commercial vehicle ban, including buses, starting at midnight on Interstate 99 between I-80 and the Turnpike.

The commercial vehicle ban will extend to other interstates, including Interstate 80, at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

A 45-miles-per-hour speed restriction will be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions during those times and may be implemented sooner and on other roadways as well.  

For a full list of affected highway, check here



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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