Here It Comes
Nothing like a winter storm warning just in time for Thanksgiving.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that will bring six to 12 inches of snow and impacting pre-Thanksgiving travel for Warren County until early Thursday morning.
The storm will bring dangerous winter weather conditions and motorists are advised to use extreme caution while traveling.
While other regions are preparing for freezing rain, Warren County should see between six and 12 inches of snow by Wednesday evening.
“Pretty much all the precipitation that comes in at you is going to be snow,” Meteorologist Aaron Tyburski of the National Weather Service office in State College said on Tuesday. “It looks like you have the best chance of seeing snow.”
Snow flurries were expected Wednesday night with high temperatures around 30 degrees and a low of 15 degrees with wind gusts up to 30 miles per hours.
Thanksgiving Day should see a small amount of snow accumulation in the morning with a high in the mid-20s.
“The Thanksgiving travel period tends to bring the highest volume of traffic to our roadways and, unfortunately, it has the highest number of crashes compared to other holidays as well,” PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said in a press release. “Drivers should build extra travel time into their schedules, especially with varying winter weather across the state.”
PennDOT warns drivers that the department will not be able to pre-treat roads with salt brine since rain will wash the brine away. PennDOT forces will use the air and road temperature sensors in their plow trucks to determine what treatment material is best given the type of precipitation and temperature.
PennDOT will focus primarily on interstates and expressways during storms and may redirect equipment to those routes during significant storms.
During heavier storms, motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.