Wednesday morning started out snow free, but it didn’t stay that way for long. By the afternoon, the ground lay under a wet, white blanket.
The Culver family, of College Township, took advantage of the storm to build a snowman and introduce two of their children to the winter weather — just in time for a white Thanksgiving.
Chris, his wife, Stacey, and their five children — Miles, 6; Tyson, 5; Nyla, 4; Trey, 2; and Omari, 1 — recently moved from New Mexico. Nyla and Omari, who were adopted from Africa, had never seen snow.
“Everyone’s very excited for the snow,” Chris Culver said. “They’re super happy about it this morning.”
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The National Weather Service called for 4 to 8 inches for a majority of central Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
“We’ve got a nice nor’easter on the coast,” meteorologist Paul Head said. “It’s taking a perfect track for central Pennsylvania to get some moderate snowfall.”
He said an accumulation of about 4 inches was expected, with a bit more in the higher elevations.
“In a typical El Niño year, we get a lot of coastal storms,” he said. “Not all of them affect central Pennsylvania, though.”
It’s typical for snow to follow a warm spell, like the one experienced earlier this week, he said. The snow shouldn’t sit for long, and should be clear by Monday.
In State College, crews were out by 8 a.m. applying de-icing material on the roads, Public Works Director Mark Whitfield said.
“We’ll keep an eye on the radar and the forecast as it changes,” he said.
Seven plow trucks were deployed by Wednesday afternoon, according to borough Operations Manager Eric Brooks, focusing on the main roads first then residential streets.
For the county as a whole, PennDOT spokeswoman Marla Fannin said 35 of the 45 available trucks in the county had been dispatched, with five handling Interstate 99.
“Here in the district office, we have our traffic management center,” she said. Staffed 24/7, the center monitors road and weather conditions through both road cameras and county maintenance staff.
Anyone planning to travel, she said, should be aware of heavier snowfall to the east. She encouraged drivers to check PennDOT’s 511 page and take extra time and caution while driving.