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Penn State, Centre County schools close early because of sleet

A Rathskeller employee shovels and salts the sidewalk around the bar as the sleet and wintry mix coats Centre County on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
A Rathskeller employee shovels and salts the sidewalk around the bar as the sleet and wintry mix coats Centre County on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. CDT photo

Roads turned ugly Tuesday afternoon when sleet blanketed Centre County.

The icy conditions prompted school districts to dismiss students early and cancel after-school activities. Penn State dismissed students at 4 p.m. and faculty and staff at 4:30 p.m. The state Department of Transportation reduced speed limits on Interstate 99 from I-80 to Port Matilda to 45 mph because of the conditions.

Sleet was expected to turn into light freezing rain and continue into Wednesday morning, and the high temperature could reach 40 degrees, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Bob Smerbeck said.

Freezing temperatures, however, will return late Wednesday with a mild snowstorm. State College and surrounding areas could get 3 inches of snow Wednesday night into Thursday.

However, a glimmer of hope awaits at the end of the workweek for those dreaming of brighter days.

Friday, though frigid, should be dry and sunny. Saturday and Sunday highs are forecast to be 39 degrees, but there may be snow flurries Sunday.

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