Centre County school districts closed Monday; snow could create ‘tricky commute,’ AccuWeather says

mmorgan@centredaily.comMarch 18, 2013 

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    School Closings

    • Bald Eagle Area CLOSED

    • Bellefonte CLOSED

    • Central PA Institute of Science and Technology CLOSED

    • Centre County Christian Academy-Bellefonte CLOSED

    • Clearfield CLOSED

    • Clearfield County Career and Tech Center CLOSED

    • Curwensville CLOSED

    • Dubois CLOSED

    • Grace Prep CLOSED

    • Keystone Central CLOSED

    • Moshannon Valley CLOSED

    • Penns Valley CLOSED

    • Phillipsburg Osceola CLOSED

    • South Hills SC CLOSED

    • Southern Huntindgon CLOSED

    • State College Area plus Non Public Schools in District CLOSED

    • State College Friends School CLOSED

    • St. Joseph's Catholic Academy CLOSED

    • Bellefonte Playschool CLOSED

    • Grace Lutheran Pre School & Kindergarten CLOSED

    • Growing in Faith Daycare Bellefonte CLOSED

    • OLV Daycare CLOSED

    • OLV Preschool CLOSED

    • Park Forest Day Nursery CLOSED

    • Wee Wisdom Daycare CLOSED

    • Wee Wisdom Playschool CLOSED

Anticipated heavy snow has prompted Centre County’s school districts to close Monday.

Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College districts all announced on their websites early Monday that classes were off because of anticipated weather.

AccuWeather called for 3-6 inches of snow to be dumped on Centre County starting early Monday morning, before the snow changes to rain. Precipitation is expected to continue all day, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

“In the morning it could be kind of a tricky commute depending on how heavy it comes in,” he said.

Visibility could be an issue throughout the day.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The snow could transition into some sleet and freezing rain later Monday or Monday night, and it’s expected to end in the early hours of Tuesday.

The state Department of Transportation is looking at this late-winter storm as more of a “snow and ice event,” and spokesman Steve Chizmar cautions drivers not to take to the road unless it’s necessary.

There are currently no plans for additional plows, but he said the department has the ability to move resources around when needed. He advises drivers to have realistic expectations and adjust to the changing road conditions.

But it’s still possible that March won’t go out like a lamb.

Reppert said the area could see some lighter snow showers Tuesday into Wednesday and the chance of flurries with the colder weather remaining until about Friday.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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