Winter Weather Advisory Posted for State College Area
Update 5:35 p.m. Wednesday: The National Weather Service says it has dropped the Winter Storm Watch posted earlier Wednesday afternoon. It has been replaced with a Winter Weather Advisory. The advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday.
With a major snowstorm heading up the Atlantic Coast, The National Weather Service has now posted a Winter Storm Watch for State College and surrounding areas.
The Winter Storm Watch takes effect late Wednesday night and will continue through Thursday evening.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Kerry Schwindenhammer says, "The snow will fall in the range of 3-5 inches across the area. It probably won't start snowing until later on [Wednesday]. It will continue tomorrow throughout the day and will taper off during the afternoon hours."
However, Schwindenhammer doesn't think the storm will cause significant problems for the Thursday morning commute. "When people are driving to work, I don't think it will be particularly heavy," he says. "Roads could be slick. There could be slippery spots depending on when you leave for work."
Some heavier snow could fall during the mid to late morning hours.
The AccuWeather experts have been watching the track of this storm very carefully. If you're traveling, you can expect 4-8 inches of snow in the Harrisburg area. Around Lancaster and York, 12 to 18 inches is possible. Some of the heaviest snow will fall along the I-95 corridor.
The farther west and north you head, the less snow you should see.
AccuWeather is calling for a high of 32 degrees on Wednesday.
Don't look now but Schwindenhammer says more snow is already in the pipeline. "Another, weaker storm will bring a lighter accumulation of snow Friday evening," he says.