Penn State, area school districts shut down because of weather conditions

It’s a rare day when Penn State closes down for weather reasons.

Wednesday was one of those days.

At 9:03 a.m., the University Park campus and all of its classes and activities for the day were placed on ice. The university had initially decided on a 2-hour delay earlier in the morning.

“Given current conditions on campus, combined with the expected drop in temperatures later today, as well as the forecast predicting additional precipitation, 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 university said in a release.

Only essential personnel were required to report for work Wednesday; the campus was set to get back on schedule at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Before the morning was over, however, at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Penn State men’s basketball team tweeted an update. Apparently, facing off with Ohio State at 6 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center was essential after all. The game went on as scheduled.

Penn State joined a long list of other closings Wednesday.

The school districts of State College and Philipsburg-Osceola started the morning by letting parents know school was delayed but within about an hour, that delay turned into a cancellation. Bald Eagle, Bellefonte and Penns Valley all told students to stay home, too, along with Centre Learning Community and Young Scholars charter schools, State College Friends School, Grace Prep and Our Lady of Victory, St. Joseph’s and St. John’s parochial schools.

In Philipsburg, the DuBois Business College campus was closed, as was the South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College. So were all Centre County libraries and the bookmobile.

By midmorning, the temperatures climbed to the mid-30s and stayed there for much of the day, allowing some melting to take place before another round of wintry weather rolled in.

Overnight snow with accumulations of up to 4 inches was expected to end by Thursday morning in the State College area, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to tumble into the single digits Thursday night into Friday, with wind chills falling below zero.