Snow day: Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, State College schools now closed

mmorgan@centredaily.comFebruary 2, 2014 

No injuries at this accident Monday morning on North Atherton Street near Douglas Drive in State College.

NABIL K. MARK

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Sunday, predicting six more weeks of winter, and it started quickly for Centre County.

Snow overnight Sunday into Monday prompted State College, Bellefonte and Bald Eagle Area and Penns Valley school districts to close. They initially were delayed two hours.

Only one public school district in Centre County, Philipsburg-Osceola, was operating on a normal schedule.

NHS School in State College and Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania are closed.

Delayed two hours were CLC Charter School, Grace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten and Grace Preparatory School, South Hills Business School, St. Joseph’s Academy and State College Friends School.

Park Forest Day Nursery was closed.

The area could see another few inches Tuesday into Wednesday, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson said.

The snow will change into an icy mix early Wednesday morning, which could result in a slippery commute.

“Right now I think we have at least 3 inches or more before that changeover occurs,” Erickson said.

Temperatures are expected at just above freezing Monday, but the mercury will plummet to 10 degrees overnight Monday. Tuesday will begin with sunshine and a high of 32, but heavy snow will return, totaling 4 to 8 inches Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon, according to AccuWeather.

February could be a snowy month for the county.

Erickson said that the frigid temperatures have tapered off and could give way to multiple storm systems this month that could result in some significant accumulation.

So far this winter, the county has seen 24 inches of snow, less than an inch more than the historical average.

And March could come in like a lion before spring wins out.

Erickson said that winter will “try to hang on,” going into next month with the possibility for more storms.

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

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