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Update: Northern Centre County under winter weather warning

Philipsburg, Snow Shoe and the higher elevations of Centre County could see four to eight inches of snow by Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has upgraded the northern half of the county to a winter storm warning in effect from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Those areas could see sleet and freezing rain Friday afternoon and into the evening. Heavy snow could fall in the evening and into the overnight hours.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for southern Centre County from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

State College, Bellefonte, Port Matilda, Howard and Penns Valley areas could see two to four inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Ice accumulations are forecast at less than a tenth of an inch.

Because of the impending inclement weather, Philipsburg-Osceola schools let out early Friday.

Penn State has declared a midnight clear starting Friday, meaning that there is no parking in any of the university’s surface parking lots from midnight until 7 a.m. daily during the declaration.

The midnight clear is expected to run though Monday morning.

Another wintry weather system could affect the morning commute for workers and schoolchildren Sunday into early Monday, as the area could see snow changing over to sleet and freezing rain.