One week after icy road conditions shut down Centre County school districts and businesses, another bout of winter weather is hitting the area with the same effect.
With a winter weather advisory in effect from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, Penn State canceled class for its University Park campus for the third time since Jan. 24. In a news release, the university said the campus will reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday.
“The decision to cancel all activities was determined to be in the best safety interest of faculty, staff and students, particularly those who must travel a distance,” the release stated.
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State College, Philipsburg-Osceola, Bellefonte, Penns Valley and Bald Eagle Area school districts also canceled classes. The Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology and South Hills School of Business & Technology schools are closed, as well.
Centre County Christian Academy, Nittany Christian School, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Young Scholars are closed.
College Township declared a snow emergency effective 7 a.m. Wednesday, with no parking on the streets until 48 hours after the snow has ended and streets have been cleared.
Harris and Patton townships also declared snow emergencies Wednesday morning. All vehicles must be removed from township streets. Ferguson Township also requires parked cars to be removed from roads whenever there are more than 2 inches of snow.
The State College borough declared a snow emergency at about 3 p.m., asking residents to remove all cars from on-street parking to assist with snow removal. The “No Parking: 2-6 a.m.” and the “No Parking: Snow Removal Zones” restrictions will be strictly enforced, and residents will be able to park their vehicles for free in downtown parking facilities until 8 a.m. Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service, total snow and sleet accumulation Wednesday could be 3 to 7 inches. Although the snow took a break in the mid-afternoon after dumping about 4 inches in most of the county, the NWS says the storm is not over yet. Round 2 is expected to arrive in the evening, brining moderate freezing rain and sleet with up to 0.25 inches of ice accumulation overnight before turning into rain Thursday morning.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced commercial vehicle (including buses) bans on highways throughout the state, including Interstate 99 from I-80 in Centre County to the Turnpike at Breezewood, effective at 6 a.m. Wednesday. There will also be restrictions on empty, double trailers, motorcycles and recreation vehicles on I-80 through Centre County, starting at noon.
Speed restrictions of 45 mph are in place for I-80 in Centre, Clearfield and Clinton counties, I-99 from the Maryland state line through Centre County, and U.S. Route 322 in Centre, Mifflin and Juniata counties.
The following closures or cancellations have also been announced:
- CATA will run on a full service lite schedule Wednesday, with no HC, NE, VE, RC, RP, WE, or GL
District 6 has postponed all Wednesday and Thursday games. The boys will now play on Thursday at Forest Hills at 7:30 p.m. and the girls will now play on Friday night at 7 p.m. at home.
Centre County Office of Aging has canceled all meals and transportation for all senior centers and the Centre Region Active Adult Center.
All Centre County Library and Historical Museum branches are closed.
Schlow Centre Region Library will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The Harris Township Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting has been canceled.
Several flights to and from University Park Airport have been canceled. Find an updated list here: https://www.universityparkairport.com/arrivals-and-departures/
All Penn State Health Medical Group clinics in State College will close at noon Wednesday. The Penn State Health and Wellness Center in State College is closed.
The Gregg Township office is closed.
Centre County Recylcling and Refuse Authority pulled all its recycling crews in at 1:30 p.m. due to hazardous road conditions. Trash crews are still out, but anything that can’t be collected safely will be picked up next week.
The CCRA office is closed, and the transfer station will close at 4 p.m.
Planet Fitness is closing at noon.
The Old Farmhouse Eatery in Zion is closed.
Ferguson Township administrative offices are closing at 2 p.m. and re-opening at 8 a.m. Thursday. Police are available 24/7.
PennDOT Driver License and Photo License Center in Centre County is closing at 1:15 p.m.
The Penns Valley Area school board meeting is still on for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Centre County PAWS is closed.
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