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Speed limit reduced on I-80, I-99 due to storm; snow emergencies declared in Centre Region

Speeds on Interstate 99 are reduced due to snow Sunday. The speed limit was also lowered on Interstate 80 in Centre and Clearfield counties.
Speeds on Interstate 99 are reduced due to snow Sunday. The speed limit was also lowered on Interstate 80 in Centre and Clearfield counties. CDT photo

Speeds reduced on I-80, I-99 in Centre County due to snow

Centre County was expected to bear the brunt of a winter storm overnight and into Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The front edge of the storm delivered intermittent snow to the region Sunday and prompted the state Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit to 45 mph on I-80 in Centre and Clearfield counties and I-99 in Centre County.

Area school districts canceled classes for the day because of the conditions.

PennDOT also urged motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. Those who do get behind the wheel should allow plenty of space when driving near plows and to never attempt to pass a plow, PennDOT said.

“Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear,” the agency said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

A winter storm warning was in effect until 1 p.m. Monday for the central mountains and Middle Susquehanna Valley. The NWS was forecasting snow accumulations of 4-8 inches followed by freezing rain, with ice accumulations up to one-tenth of an inch.

Patton and Harris townships both declared snow emergencies. Patton’s was to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, while Harris Township’s was effective as of 2 a.m. Monday. A snow emergency also has been declared in the borough of State College. Vehicles must be removed from municipal streets.

In State College, downtown parking garages and lots remained open.

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