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Area braces for Saturday snowstorm; municipalities order cars off the roads

A winter storm warning has been posted, alerting central Pennsylvania residents they could see dicey conditions as at least 6 inches of snow — and possibly more than 8 inches in some areas — are expected to begin falling just before dawn Saturday.

The National Weather Service elevated an advisory that was issued Friday. The new warning goes into effect at 5 a.m. Saturday and ends at 4 a.m. Sunday.

NWS issued the advisory Friday when projections that originally had the area seeing 3 to 6 inches changed.

Snow is expected to begin just before dawn Saturday, and as it tapers, a coating of ice may accumulate south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 81, according to NWS.

The snow will be heaviest during the afternoon and evening hours Saturday, causing potentially hazardous travel on the roads, and visibility is expected to be limited to less than a quarter mile.

Winds will pick up from 5 to 20 mph on Saturday, causing blowing and drifting snow, and temperatures should stay below freezing Saturday and into Sunday, with highs on both days reaching the upper 20s to 30 degrees, according to AccuWeather in Ferguson Township.

The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists to cancel or delay travel plans on Saturday, or at least to use extra caution, until after the storm has passed.

A news release sent out by PennDOT on Friday said despite road crews’ efforts to treat and clear roads, an inch of snow or greater falling per hour could make travel hazerdous.

Motorists can check road conditions by visiting www.511PA.com or by calling 511.

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