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Winter Storm Warning Issued with Snow and Ice on the Way

by on November 14, 2018 11:30 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Centre County from 8 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday as the area is expected to see its first snow accumulation of the season.

According to the National Weather Service, heavy mixed precipitation is expected in Centre County, with general accumulations in the range of 4 to 6 inches. Ice accumulations around one-tenth of an inch also are possible.

AccuWeather meteorologist Maggie Johnson said on Wednesday morning that the State College area is likely to get about 2 to 4 inches of snow with sleet and freezing rain mixed in, though totals could be higher or lower depending on timing.

Johnson said that temperatures will drop into the low to mid-20s overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Snow is expected to move into the area as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 10 or 11 a.m. in northern areas of the region.

"Tomorrow when this precipitation moves in, it’s going to be cold enough to promote a snowy morning," she said.

Slightly warmer air in the afternoon will cause a changeover to a wintry mix with sleet and freezing rain, with snow resuming as temperatures fall on Thursday night and continuing into Friday morning. 

Johnson said snow will be heavy at the outset and the earlier it starts, the higher accumulations will be.

"If it starts a little bit later we’re closer to 2 inches, but if it comes in before 8 o’clock we’re looking at 4, maybe more," she said.

Travel is expected to be treacherous throughout the day and night on Thursday and bridges and overpasses will be the first places to become slippery. Johnson reminded drivers to slow down and take slower turns.

After snow ends by Friday afternoon, Johnson said there are no major storms forecast for the immediate future, but a cold front could bring snow or rain showers Sunday night into Monday.

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