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Storm pummels Centre County

Centre County residents awoke Wednesday to a pile of new snow, followed by sleet, rain and freezing rain.

The low pressure system rambled through the region, dropping as much as 8 inches of snow in some parts of the county and making travel hazardous.

All Centre County public schools were closed, and several offices and private schools were closed or delayed as well. Penn State opened at 10 a.m.

Some flights in and out of University Park Airport were canceled, according to the airport’s website.

Early Wednesday morning, a Williamsburg man was extricated from his 2000 Saturn LS2 after colliding with a PennDOT snowplow on U.S. Route 22 in Porter Township, Huntingdon County, according to state police in Huntingdon. Marc Isenberg, 56, crossed over into the westbound lane at 4:50 a.m.; he collided with the Mack plow truck driven by Timothy Smyers, 40, of Alexandria, police said.

Isenberg was transported to J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon for his injuries, which were not known, according to the hospital Wednesday morning. Smyers was not injured.

State College police said that there were few incidents in the borough, attributing the lack of accidents to the timing of the snow and the fact that residents largely stayed inside during the worst part of the weather.

Many Centre Region municipalities declared snow emergencies, and some were still in effect. They included State College, and Harris, Ferguson and Patton townships. Cars must be off the streets until the streets have been cleared. Patton Township’s snow emergency ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling.

State College is asking residents to remove their cars from roads so plows can clear the streets. Borough crews will continue removing snow from metered spots from 2 to 8 a.m. Thursday. The no-parking restriction from 2 to 6 a.m. will be enforced, and all vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and towed, according to the borough.

No major power outages were reported Wednesday by FirstEnergy.

Looking ahead, Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, said that the greatest danger for Thursday is the dropping temperatures, which could lead to lots of black ice areas on local roads.

“It looks dry but cold for the rest of the week,” Erickson said. “Temperatures will be struggling to get out of the teens, with outlying areas possibly in the single digits.”

On Saturday night, AccuWeather is forecasting 1 to 3 additional inches of snow. Erickson said that most of the snow will come Saturday night into Sunday, with any accumulations being the result of several pockets of snowfall.

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