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Winter storm headed for area

Stephen Seltzer tries to stay warm as he walks to work at Penn State University along Curtin Road, in University Park. Frigid temperatures in the negative degrees hit Centre County Friday, Feb. 20, closing all local schools but Penn State remains open.
Stephen Seltzer tries to stay warm as he walks to work at Penn State University along Curtin Road, in University Park. Frigid temperatures in the negative degrees hit Centre County Friday, Feb. 20, closing all local schools but Penn State remains open. CDT photo

A winter storm warning has been issued for Centre County starting Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning says snow will fall with accumulations between 5 and 8 inches through Saturday evening. Snow will be heaviest in the late morning and afternoon hours, according to the NWS office in State College.

The potential storm could come after the temperature in State College fell to a record-tying minus 8 for Feb. 20 on Friday morning, said NWS meteorologist Paul Head. The record was first set in 1936. Cold air combined with high winds caused negative temperatures rarely seen this time of year, he said.

The extreme cold first caused delays and then canceled all Centre County schools Friday.

Warmer weather is coming, though, as the temperature is expected to rise above freezing Sunday.

National Penn Bank at 2541 E. College Ave. has been closed “all week” due to weather-related damage to the bank, retail director and Senior Vice President Virginia McAdoo said.

McAdoo declined to say what caused the damage and what it was.

The bank will reopen Monday.

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