Schools announce closures due to snow storm, townships declare emergencies

Several inches of snow fell overnight, causing some impassable roadways.

Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Keystone Central, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College school districts announced closures early Thursday morning, and Tyrone Area School District announced a 2-hour delay. Young Scholars and CPI are also closed. Penn State delayed activities and classes set to begin prior to 10 a.m. Centre County libraries, except Schlow Library which opens at noon, are closed.

Several townships, including Harris, Patton and Ferguson, declared snow emergencies hours before the storm arrived, indicating that motorists would have to park their vehicles off roadways to allow plow trucks to clear streets. PennDOT issued speed reductions on state roads as a safety measure.

A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Initial forecasts indicated that central Pennsylvania communities would get as little as 2 inches of snow. That total could rise to 9 inches when the storm is over.

The National Weather Service provided snow accumulations as of 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

  • 8.1 inches in Clearfield
  • 6.5 inches in Bellefonte
  • 6.0 inches in Pleasant Gap
  • 5.0 inches in State College