Up to 8 inches of snow expected to fall today
A "significant" winter storm will impact the area today into Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in State College.
NWS has issued a winter storm warning from 5 a.m. today until 4 a.m. Sunday and expects 5 to 8 inches of snow to fall.
Light snow is forecast to begin in central-Pennsylvania around sunrise today. The intensity will increase as the day progresses. The snow could mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain across portions of the lower Susquehanna Valley tonight.
Following the storm, temperatures will follow the recent cold pattern and remain below normal. Highs will top out in the low 30s with lows dipping into the teens. No significant precipitation is forecast through Thursday.
Local road crews are preparing for a long work day today.
Shamokin foreman Kevin Richardson has six trucks prepared to keep the roads cleared, but will keep the trucks off the road as long as possible to reduce the amount of hours his small crew may be forced to work.
"Hopefully people will have patience. We will do the best we can and be the most affordable we can because of the city financial problems," he said Friday.
Richardson urged residents to avoid parking near corners, so plow trucks can safely maneuver, and to stay away from no parking zones on hills.
Howard Shadduck, roadmaster for Ralpho Township, said up to four trucks will cover 52 miles of roads in Ralpho Township. Airport Road, Reading Turnpike Road. Routes 54 and 487 are state roads and treated by PennDOT.
On Friday, Shadduck and his crew were busy checking truck equipment, including tire pressure, spreader operation and lights.
"We will try to get out early to make sure it's safe for the traveling public," he said Friday afternoon. "When we go out will depend on the timing and intensity of the storm."
Mount Carmel Area girls' and boys' basketball games originally scheduled for 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today at Sunbury Christian Academy have been moved up to noon and 1:30 p.m.