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First snowflakes coat the region

Centre County had its first snowfall of the season Tuesday with some areas seeing up to 1.2 inches.

The dusting of snow Tuesday morning accumulated overnight from a cold system that swept through the Great Plains from Canada and headed east into central Pennsylvania, said Craig Evanego, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in State College.

He said any time there is a measurable amount of snow in the area, it’s classified as a “snowstorm” or “snow event.”

He said the Penn State campus saw 0.1 inch of snow, while places like Boalsburg had 0.8 inches, and Stormstown measured 1.2 inches.

Centre County dispatchers said there were no accidents reported around the county due to the weather; however in Clinton County early Tuesday morning, Interstate 80 westbound was closed between Exit 192 in Jersey Shore and Exit 185 in Loganton.

The state Department of Transportation advised drivers to use caution as they travel and to give themselves extra travel time when weather is snowy or icy.

During the next couple of days, highs in Centre County are expected to be in the mid-30s with lows in the low 20s. By the end of the week and through the weekend, Evanego said, temperatures will rise into the 50s with lows in the 40s.

“Temperatures are currently below normal,” Evanego said.

Averages in Centre County according to 30-year annual statistics from the National Weather Service show temperatures in mid-November in the high 40s with lows in the upper 30s.

State College has a November average snowfall of 2.3 inches, with an average annual snowfall of 45 inches, Evanego said.

Locally, the flurries may linger into Wednesday morning.

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