Centre County school districts closed Monday because of storm

From staff and wire reportsMarch 24, 2013 

The calendar may say spring, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.

School districts across Centre County are closed Monday because of a storm that is expected to drop several inches of snow on the region.

State College, Penns Valley, Bellefonte, Philipsburg-Osceola and Bald Eagle Area all announced the closings on their websites. The districts initially announced delays before closing entirely.

The late-season storm could bring a foot of snow to some higher elevations in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for most of central Pennsylvania south of Interstate 80 effective until 8 p.m. Monday.

AccuWeather.com is forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow in the State College area, with highs in the mid-30s.

Elsewhere in the state, meteorologist Brad Rehak said the storm could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow to some areas, but the Laurel Highlands in Westmoreland and Fayette counties could see a foot of snow.

Pittsburgh was expected to get 4 to 6 inches of snow, but even the higher range of that forecast would be highly unusual, he said.

“For Pittsburgh, there have only been two snowfalls six inches or above recorded this late in the year, and they were both in April,” Rehak said. Records covering the area go back to 1883, although there are some gaps in the late 1800s, he said.

Six to 8 inches of snow was expected for Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties and 3 to 5 inches in Butler, Lawrence, Beaver, Armstrong, Washington and Indiana counties.

Two to 5 inches was forecast in much of eastern Pennsylvania with 1 to 3 inches expected in Philadelphia and some of its suburbs.

“The reason it’s going to be less in eastern Pennsylvania it because it’s going to fall during the day,” Rehak said. “This time of year, the sun’s pretty strong and it heats the ground and limits the accumulation.”

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