Winter storm wreaks havoc on State College roads
Central Pennsylvania is about to get a double dose of winter weather.
Light snow is expected to start late Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning. The latest projection from the National Weather Service in State College is showing an accumulation of 1-2 inches.
Although the snow is expected to be light, the NWS is still warning people of the potential for slippery road conditions Thursday evening and Friday morning.
A major winter storm is expected to come into the region Saturday afternoon and into Sunday, bringing with it 6-10 inches of snow, according to AccuWeather’s latest projections. NWS is calling for 11 inches in the State College area.
The snow is expected to start after 10 a.m. Saturday, and possibly turn into a mix of freezing rain and sleet in the evening, according to the NWS. The snow is projected to continue until 1 p.m. Sunday.
Ferguson Township is reminding residents that street parking is prohibited when 2 or more inches of snow are anticipated, and that residents are expected to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of any snow or ice accumulation.
The township said in a Facebook post that its salt shed is full and the trucks and Public Works crews ready for 24-hour coverage when the first of the two storms hits.
On Friday, Patton Township declared a snow emergency starting at noon Saturday. All vehicles must be removed from township streets until the emergency has ended.
College and Harris townships and the State College borough have not declared snow emergencies yet but all have similar ordinances, requiring vehicles to be removed from streets until all snow and ice are cleared, and sidewalks to be shoveled within 24 hours of the storm ending.
College Township also encouraged residents to shovel snow to the right of their driveways (when facing the road) to clear a space on the left side for plows to dump snow, to minimize the amount of snow pushed back onto the driveway. Pushing snow onto the road is a safety hazard, and will result in a violation, if caught.
Local fire companies are also reminding residents and business owners to make sure they keep fire hydrants on their property clear from snow by shoveling 3 feet in all directions and making a clear path from the hydrant to the street. Doing so could save valuable time in case of an emergency.
Penn State declared a midnight clear on Thursday, prohibiting parking at all faculty/staff parking lots on campus and Innovation Park through 7 a.m. Friday to allow for snow removal. Those who have university vehicles can relocate them to the parking garages.
In anticipation of the storm, Penn State has made several changes to its athletics schedule. The men’s hockey game slated for 7 p.m. Saturday against Ohio State has been moved up to 3 p.m. Saturday’s men’s lacrosse scrimmage against Lafayette has been moved to 4 p.m. Friday, and Sunday’s women’s tennis match against Temple has been postponed.
In a release, Penn State said additional changes are possible as the forecast for the weekend becomes more clear.
The Central PA Bridal Expo, which was slated for Sunday at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, has been postponed to Feb. 10.
Discovery Space in State College will shorten its hours to stay open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, according to its Twitter account.
Reliance Fire Company in Philipsburg is encouraging people to stay at home and not travel this weekend. Residents are encouraged to call 911 in the case of an emergency, and 342-2710 for non-emergency help, as someone will be on standby at the station for the duration of the storm.
Check back for updates as the storm develops and we get word on whether they’ll be closings and cancellations.