Four to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow is possible late tonight into Saturday as a pre-season snow storm moves toward central Pennsylvania.
A winter storm warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday for the entire Mirror coverage area as a pre-season snow storm bears down on Pennsylvania, the National Weather Service in State College said. The snow is expected to start shortly after midnight in the Laurel Highlands, spreading over the rest of the region overnight into Saturday morning.
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means a significant amount of snow is forecast that will make travel dangerous. The potential culprit for the early taste of winter is a strong low-pressure system developing over the southeastern United States which will head up the East Coast tonight and Saturday.
Penelec and area highway crews said they are prepared for the early-season snow storm. The heavy, wet snow will likely weigh down trees which still have leaves on them, leading to downed trees and power outages.
Bedford Borough issused a winter weather emergency effective 11 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Motorists are advised that it will be illegal to park vehicles on any public streets or alleys within the Borough or in the Fort Bedford Park Parking Lot between the emergency times, Borough Manager John L. Montgomery said.
Penn State has announced parking changes as a result of Saturday's snowy forecast that officials said could eliminate 2,500 parking spots from use for the Penn State-Illinois game:
Note: Patrons who normally park cars in reserved spaces will not be affected. For patrons who normally park on grass, if the weather conditions make the lots unsafe for parking, patrons will be directed to alternate lots.
-- Yellow lots 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 will be available for cars only on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans should approach the campus from the east on Interstate 99/U.S. 322/U.S. 220. When full, alternate accommodations will be made. If the weather conditions make the lots unsafe for parking, patrons will be directed to alternate lots.
-- Yellow lot 11 will be available for cars only on a first-come, first-served basis, as available. Fans should approach the campus from the west on Park Avenue.
-- Yellow Lot 12 will be closed. Fans who normally park in this lot should approach the campus from the east on I-99/U.S. Route 322 or choose an alternate location listed at the bottom of this announcement.
-- Brown Lot will be closed. Brown parking passes will be honored in the Orange lots. Cars should approach the Orange lots from the east on I-99/U.S. Route 322 or choose an alternate location listed at the bottom of this announcement.
-- Orange and Blue Lots will be open for passenger vehicles only. If the weather conditions make the lots unsafe for parking, patrons will be directed to alternate lots.
-- Yellow Lot 9 (ADA) has limited availability on pavement areas only. Patrons who utilize ADA grass parking in Yellow Lot 9 will be redirected to the East Parking Deck on Bigler Road. This parking deck will be open only to those with a handicapped parking placard and the deck will be serviced by a shuttle to and from the stadium.
-- The Family-Friendly Lot will be moved to a nearby lot. Patrons who already have a Family-Friendly Lot parking permit will be directed to the paved area in front of the Housing and Food Services Building along Services Road. Patrons should continue to enter campus from the west.
For more information, go to: www.GoPSUsports.com or live.psu.edu
Motorists will, however, be permitted to use the Municipal Parking Lot located in the center of the Borough behind the Mini-Mall for overnight parking but are requested to vacate the Parking Lot by 6 a.m. so that Borough Employees can plow the snow between 6 and 8:00 a.m.
Borough police will be enforcing the emergency declaration.
As the storm pulls away, mostly sunny skies are forecast for Sunday with a high about 45, the weather service said.