Winter Storm Warning in Central Pennsylvania

This alert expired on Dec 15, 2013 4:00 AM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Bedford; Blair; Cambria; Clearfield; Columbia; Cumberland; Dauphin; Franklin; Fulton; Huntingdon; Juniata; Lebanon; Mifflin; Montour; Northern Centre; Northumberland; Perry; Schuylkill; Snyder; Somerset; Southern Centre; Union

Posted Dec 14, 2013 8:57 PM EST

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 am EST Sunday.

  • Locations: Laurel Highlands, South-central mountains and middle Susquehanna Valley.
  • Hazard types: wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
  • Snow accumulations: storm totals of 4 to 8 inches.
  • Ice accumulations: Up To One-tenth of an inch.
  • Timing: The wintry mix is expected to end after midnight. Some patchy freezing drizzle may linger into the early morning hours Sunday.
  • Impacts: widespread dangerous travel due to snow covered and icy roads. Unnecessary travel is not recommended.

Recommended actions

Dangerous winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Use extreme caution if planning to travel. For the latest weather information, go to or stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio.

Report snow and ice accumulation to the National Weather Service State College by sending an email to Ctp. STORMREPORTS@NOAA. Gov. Posting to the nws State College Facebook page, or tweet @NWSSTATECOLLEGE with the Hashtag #CTPWX.

Tips from

Excerpted from ready.govBefore:
  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • More:
  • What to do before winter storms and extreme cold.
Excerpted from ready.govDuring:
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • More:
  • What to do during winter storms and extreme cold.

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