The National Weather Service in State College has increased area snowfall totals for today's winter storm, the fourth accumulating snowstorm in 11 days.

Initial forecasts were for 3 to 5 inches of snow, but those amounts were doubled Wednesday to 8 to 10 inches in an 50-mile-wide area stretching from Franklin to Luzerne counties, including most of Northumberland and Columbia counties.

The snow will be heavier at points east and south of this line, with Adams and Lancaster counties expected to see 10 to 14 inches of snow. Lesser amounts are expected in the Williamsport and State College areas.

Locally, a winter storm warning is in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. today for Northumberland, Schuylkill, Columbia and Montour counties. Snow is expected to spread from south to north through the early morning hours. Snow rates and wind gusts between 20 and 30 mph will increase in intensity as the day progresses. Snow will taper off this evening.

In anticipation of the snow, Mount Carmel Mayor Philip Cimino declared a snow emergency, which started midnight today. Kulpmont Mayor Bernard P. Novakoski also declared a snow emergency, which started at 6 p.m. Wednesday. (See more details in today's Noteworthy.)