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Snowfall causes school delays, cancellations and traffic problems

A PennDot truck waits for traffic to plow Fox Hill Road in March 2017.
A PennDot truck waits for traffic to plow Fox Hill Road in March 2017. Centre Daily Times, file

By 5:30 a.m., Centre County school districts were in agreement.

It was too snowy.

The first significant snow of the season — Winter Storm Chloe — passed through the area overnight leaving a lot of the white stuff.

Philipsburg-Osceola and Bellefonte were the first to inform the public that they would be having a two-hour delay. P-O canceled school by 8 a.m.

“I really hate to cancel this early in the school year, but safety is paramount,” P-O Superintendent Gregg Paladina said.

State College, Bald Eagle and Penns Valley also issued delays.

So did the two other districts that represent Centre County students: Keystone Central and Tyrone.

PennDOT issued a weather alert early Thursday morning for counties including Centre, Clearfield, Cambria and Blair, noting the “fast-moving Alberta clipper” was creating slippery road conditions, snow accumulations up to two inches and reduce visibility.

PennDOT is also issuing alerts along some of the major roadways through Centre and Clearfield counties, noting several accidents that have resulted in lane restrictions.

Residual delays are being reported in Huston Township where a crash on Interstate 99 north near the Grays Woods/Waddle Road exit has been cleared up. A lane restriction has also been reported in Spring Township, where a crash has tied up traffic along Interstate 99 south near the Pleasant Gap exit.

Accidents are also being reported along Interstate 80 in Clearfield County, where PennDOT is reporting a lane restriction in Cooper Township after a westbound crash near the Philipsburg/Kylertown exit.

Check back for updates.

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