Area braces for Saturday snowstorm; municipalities order cars off the roads

From CDT staff reportsDecember 13, 2013 

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    Municipalities order cars to be removed from roads

    Most local municipalities are urging residents to move their cars from the streets so snowplows can get through. Alerts and/or snow emergencies have been declared in State College, College, Ferguson and Patton townships and on the Penn State campus.

    •  Street parking in State College has been suspended from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

    Parking garages and parking lots will remain open, and patrons of downtown businesses are encouraged to use the Fraser Street garage, the Pugh Street garage, McAllister deck of Beaver garage.

    All cars must be removed or cars parked in violation of any ordinance of the borough may be towed at the owner’s expense. Residents and property owners are also reminded that sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after the snow has stopped.

    •  Penn State issued “midnight clear” for the weekend. That means no parking in uncovered lots between midnight and 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

    •  Ferguson Township also issued an alert that residents should clear snow anytime more than 2 inches accumulates, according to a township advisory. Vehicles should remain off the streets for 48 hours after the last of the snow has ceased to fall to allow the roads to be further cleared and treated.

    Those who do not remove their vehicles are subject to parking tickets or towing.

    •  A snow emergency has been declared in Patton Township, where all vehicles must be parked off the road from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

    Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after snow has stopped.

    •  In College Township, residents must move cars off the roads by 1 p.m. Saturday and not park them on the streets until 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after snow has stopped.

A winter storm warning has been posted, alerting central Pennsylvania residents they could see dicey conditions as at least 6 inches of snow — and possibly more than 8 inches in some areas — are expected to begin falling just before dawn Saturday.

The National Weather Service elevated an advisory that was issued Friday. The new warning goes into effect at 5 a.m. Saturday and ends at 4 a.m. Sunday.

NWS issued the advisory Friday when projections that originally had the area seeing 3 to 6 inches changed.

Snow is expected to begin just before dawn Saturday, and as it tapers, a coating of ice may accumulate south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 81, according to NWS.

The snow will be heaviest during the afternoon and evening hours Saturday, causing potentially hazardous travel on the roads, and visibility is expected to be limited to less than a quarter mile.

Winds will pick up from 5 to 20 mph on Saturday, causing blowing and drifting snow, and temperatures should stay below freezing Saturday and into Sunday, with highs on both days reaching the upper 20s to 30 degrees, according to AccuWeather in Ferguson Township.

The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists to cancel or delay travel plans on Saturday, or at least to use extra caution, until after the storm has passed.

A news release sent out by PennDOT on Friday said despite road crews’ efforts to treat and clear roads, an inch of snow or greater falling per hour could make travel hazerdous.

Motorists can check road conditions by visiting www.511PA.com or by calling 511.

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