A winter storm that began on Saturday afternoon is expected to bring a lot of snow and ice to much of Pennsylvania, which will result in snow emergency declarations, travel restrictions, closures and cancellations.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for central Pennsylvania from 1 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday. Starting at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, AccuWeather and NWS forecast 6 to 10 inches of snow and .10 to .25 inches of ice for the State College area.
The trip will be "difficult to impossible" throughout the afternoon of Saturday until dawn on Sunday, according to NWS.
In the Central Region, the municipalities of College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton have declared snowfall emergencies as of Saturday afternoon, which means that vehicles can not be parked on the streets until 24 to 48 hours after they are finished. the snow and the roads have cleared.
State College declared a snow emergency at 5 p.m. on Saturday. "No parking: from 2 a.m. 6 a.m. "and the restrictions of" Do not Park: Snow Removal Area "will be strictly enforced; parking permits will not be granted on the street; and residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the parking lot on the street to help with snow removal.
On the Penn State campus, a "Midnight Claro" is in effect from midnight to 7 a.m. No vehicle can park and teachers and staff emerge in the lots during that time. Resident students must keep their vehicles parked in their badigned lots.
Governor Tom Wolf on Friday He signed a declaration of state of emergency and announced travel restrictions. on interstate highways through the Commonwealth. From noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, commercial traffic, including buses, will be banned on some interstate highways, including I-80 and I-99. Due to the reduction in anticipated impacts of storms in other areas of the state, the commercial travel ban was lifted or not implemented at: Turnpike mainline Interstate 70 in Washington and Westmoreland counties, I-79, I-279, I -579 and I- 376l I-83, I-81 south of I-83, I-283, I-176; and me-95, I-676, I-476 south of the toll highway, I-76 east of the toll highway, and I-276
The speed limits will be reduced to 45 miles per hour as the storm progresses and from 2:30 p.m. Saturdays have been reduced in I-80 and I-99.
The emergency declaration allows badistance from neighboring states, when the Pennsylvania National Guard and state agencies are lifted to avoid bidding and hiring procedures for a quick response.
The director of Center County Emergency Services, Jeff Wharran, said in a press release that additional staff is on standby and that the Emergency Operations Center will increase its activation level as necessary for the response, in coordination with local emergency services.
"We are in constant contact with PEMA, the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT and other state and local agencies to support these efforts," the press release said. "Along with the governor's state of emergency statement, we have requested that the Pa National Guard have staff and equipment on standby if badistance is needed."
Cancellations, closings and postponements.
– Penn State has made several changes to its weekend sports calendar. The main day meeting of the swimming and diving teams was moved at 8 a.m. of Saturday (Penn State won the meetings of men and women).
The men's hockey against Ohio State has moved until 3 p.m. A tweet from the team said that because Ohio State and officials were already in town, the game will continue as scheduled, but fans are encouraged to use their best judgment to attend. The women's gym meeting against the state of Ohio is also scheduled to go as scheduled at 3:30 p.m.
The two women's tennis games scheduled for Sunday have been postponed. Wrestling vs. Nebraska is still scheduled for the 1 p.m. Sunday and women's hockey vs. Lindenwood has moved at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
– Most flights in University Park Airport On Saturday they have been canceled.
– The library of the Schlow Center region closes at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
– Discovery Space closed at noon on Saturday.
– The State College YMCA is closing at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
– The transfer station of the Central County Recycling and Rejection Authority is closed at noon on Saturday.
– Center Wildlife Care closed at noon on Saturday and expects to reopen Monday. If you have questions, call 814-692-0004 and leave a message.
– The buildings of the State College Area School District were closed at noon on Saturday and will remain closed until Sunday.
– The Palmer Art Museum closed at 4 p.m. Saturday and will be closed on Sunday.
– The FUSE Productions Cabaret musical theater scheduled for Saturday night was postponed until 7:30 p.m. on January 26 at the Singing Onstage Studios. The Play Reading Series at 7 p.m. Sunday at Singing Onstage will continue as scheduled.
– MLK: A musical memory, scheduled for Saturday night at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central County, has been postponed until a date to be determined.
– Lady Gray & # 39; s Late Night Cabaret scheduled for 8 and 10 p.m. in the attic state theater has been canceled. The holders of the tickets will be contacted.
– The Lyons-Hall Ensemble concert scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Center County has been canceled.
– The bridal exhibition in downtown Pennsylvania, originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, was postponed until February 10.
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