Snow falls across Centre County after January thaw

State College - Centre Daily TimesJanuary 16, 2013 

January thaw? Not so fast.

The 60-degree spring-like weather that melted the remnants of December’s snowfalls and felt more like April than January was gone as fast as it came.

On Wednesday, Centre County received 4 to 6 inches of snow, once again covering roads and making for a slippery commute. The overnight snow delayed the opening of several schools Wednesday morning.

Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College area school districts opened on a two-hour delay, as did the University Park campus of Penn State. Central PA Career Institute, Park Forest Day Nursery, Grace Prep and South Hills School also opened on two-hour delays.

No major traffic accidents or power outages were reported, and only a handful of flights around the state were delayed.

The snowfall was part of a large storm that began in Texas, blasted through Tennessee and swiftly headed north into New England. Snow and ice caused dangerous driving conditions throughout the Northeast and upper Mid-Atlantic.

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Weather Advisory overnight, as light snow eventually tapered off early Wednesday morning.

With the storm having passed, Centre County residents can expect a high of 38 degrees Wednesday with a low of 29 overnight under partly cloudy skies and sunshine and a high of 38 on Thursday and 19 overnight. There is no snow or ice in the immediate forecast.

The forecast is all over the charts into the weekend — ranging from a high of only 28 degrees on Friday to a high of 42 on Saturday. But an icy Arctic blast is heading this way come the early part of the week. High temperatures Monday through Friday range from 19 to 27 degrees with lows dipping down to about 10 degrees Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The average high for January is about 32 degrees, and the average low is about 18 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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