Centre County schools opening 2 hours late Monday; heavy snow misses region

Centre County missed the bulk of a winter storm Sunday, but the area was blanketed with snow and ice Monday.

There was enough precipitation for area schools to announce two-hour delays on Monday.

Bald Eagle Area’s website reported that the delay was caused by “hazardous road conditions.” The Bellefonte, State College, Penns Valley and Philipsburg-Osceola districts were also on two-hour delays.

Also operating on two-hour delays were Central PA Career Institute, CLC Charter School, Grace Lutheran preschool and kindergarten, Grace Prep, NHS School State College, Schlow Centre Regional Library, South Hills School, St Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Young Scholars of Central PA.

Park Forest Day Nursery was closed.

A winter weather advisory was in effect until 10 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Most of the region saw a slick coating of ice Monday morning that made the morning commute slightly hairy and prompted schools to delay openings.

The State College area saw about 1.1 inches of snow by late afternoon Sunday, said Jack Boston, AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist.

Some other areas of Pennsylvania, including York County and areas near Philadelphia, saw much heavier snowfall, but Boston said the central part of the state was largely unscathed.

“This is certainly not what you’d call a crippling storm by any means,” he said.

State College police responded to several accidents during the storm Sunday, but said none were major or included injuries.

Another storm could move through again Tuesday, but he said Centre County likely won’t see much accumulation. That storm also will affect the southeastern portion of the state, he said.

Monday’s high temperature is expected to reach 37 degrees but drop to 25 degrees overnight and reach just 29 on Tuesday, according to Tuesday’s low will be 17 degrees. Midweek highs are expected in the 20s with lows in the teens and possible single-digits overnight Thursday.

The end of next week is expected to be dry and cold with temperatures potentially dipping into the teens, Boston said.