Downpours, hail hitting parts of Centre County

Scattered storms have hit Centre County with quick downpours and dime-sized hail.

Craig Evanego, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said dime-sized hail covered the ground in parts of Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap on Tuesday afternoon.

He said more hail could fall as a line of storms from Altoona to Philipsburg moves east. State College and surrounding areas will likely be hit with short downpours in the next hour, Evanego said.

“We do need the rain, though,” he said. “Just driving around I’ve noticed lawns browning out. We’ve a had few dry weeks.”

Evanego said dime-sized hail should not cause damage to vehicles and property.

“So far, with the size hail we’ve seen, it shouldn’t be a concern,” Evanego said. “Typically, it’s not damaging until it’s quarter-sized or larger.”

Evanego said an upper level of low pressure approaching the region is causing the storms. He said a few showers could occur overnight after the next line of storms hits.