Centre County school districts closed Monday; snow could create ‘tricky commute,’ AccuWeather says

Anticipated heavy snow has prompted Centre County’s school districts to close Monday.

Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College districts all announced on their websites early Monday that classes were off because of anticipated weather.

AccuWeather called for 3-6 inches of snow to be dumped on Centre County starting early Monday morning, before the snow changes to rain. Precipitation is expected to continue all day, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said.

“In the morning it could be kind of a tricky commute depending on how heavy it comes in,” he said.

Visibility could be an issue throughout the day.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The snow could transition into some sleet and freezing rain later Monday or Monday night, and it’s expected to end in the early hours of Tuesday.

The state Department of Transportation is looking at this late-winter storm as more of a “snow and ice event,” and spokesman Steve Chizmar cautions drivers not to take to the road unless it’s necessary.

There are currently no plans for additional plows, but he said the department has the ability to move resources around when needed. He advises drivers to have realistic expectations and adjust to the changing road conditions.

But it’s still possible that March won’t go out like a lamb.

Reppert said the area could see some lighter snow showers Tuesday into Wednesday and the chance of flurries with the colder weather remaining until about Friday.