Storm brings snow, slick roads

Most area school districts canceled classes Monday as the area was hit by a winter storm of ice and snow.

Meteorologist Elyse Colbert, of the National Weather Service in State College, reported that more than an inch of snow fell in the city Monday morning. No official report on exact snow measurements would be available until today, he said.

Following the snow, it turned to freezing rain for the rest of the afternoon. The area was under a winter weather advisory all of Monday.

Although the “icy precipitation” will turn to rain today, Colbert warned that drivers still should be cautious when taking to the road.

“You can’t rule out that it will freeze on elevated surfaces,” she said. ” Basically, the biggest issue is going to be ice accumulating on roads. What may just look like wet spots may actually be ice.”

She also said bridges are more at risk of having rain freeze on them.

Colbert explained that while snow is caused by a freezing temperature in the entire air flow, a winter mix falls in temperatures above freezing but then freezes right before hitting the ground.

“Falls as rain, but freezes when it hits the ground,” she explained.

And although the area had traditional winter weather Monday, temperatures will warm up starting today.

“(Today) it’s going to warm up with a high in the mid 40s,” Colbert said.

Temperatures will continue to rise as it could hit in the 50s Wednesday.

Colbert explained that the drastic changes in weather are because of air flow.

“It really has to do with current air patterns. So usually in the winter the winds are from the northwest coming down from Canada,” she said of Monday’s weather.

She then said the air the next couple of days will come from the southwest, which produces warmer airs.

Rain is a possibility for today and Wednesday.