Winter storm to be followed by icy sting

From CDT staff reportsJanuary 3, 2014 

Gary R. Peterson uses a snowblower to clear his sidewalk along High Street in State College on Friday, January 3, 2014.

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A feisty winter storm delayed school openings and caused a messy commute Friday morning.

The storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow in the Northeast, largely spared Centre County, leaving about 4 inches of powder on already frozen ground.

Speed limits were lowered on local highways Thursday night and into Friday morning, and only a few minor accidents had been reported.

Snow emergencies were declared in several municipalities, including State College, and on the Penn State campus, forcing drivers to move their cars off the roads so snowplows could clear them.

The overnight low temperature Friday was expected to reach just 4 degrees, with a wind chill near or below zero, according to AccuWeather.com. A slight warmup was expected for the weekend, with highs of 25 Saturday and 35 Sunday, and lows at 17 both nights.

However, ice is anticipated on Sunday. Flurries are expected to follow as the temperature plummets to the lowest so far this winter, according to AccuWeather. On Monday, the high of 24 degrees will quickly drop to minus 7, and on Tuesday, the high is expected to reach just 3 degrees with a low of minus 2.

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