More snow, rain expected today

Accumulating more than an inch of snow and freezing rain Tuesday, area residents should prepare for more of the same today as the National Weather Service in State College is predicting at least another inch of snow throughout the day.

Meteorologist Tony Mach said the county should expect anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow today. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s.

Mach reported the area saw 1 inch of snow and .39 inches of rain, as of press time Tuesday.

Some parts of the state west of here saw snow accumulations of about 1 foot.

Rain was expected to continue throughout the night and into today.

With many hitting the road today and tomorrow for Thanksgiving get-togethers, Mach said travelers should be cautious. He said the recent precipitation can create slick road conditions.

A number of vehicle accidents kept emergency personnel out Tuesday. Most reports included minor to no injuries. One crash involving a tractor-trailer along Route 15 kept one of the highway’s southbound lanes closed for four hours while crews cleaned up the scene. There also were reports of down trees around the county.

The recent winter weather was due to a storm system traveling from the Gulf of Mexico. After it passes over the area, it is expected to move toward the New England states, Mach said.

Rick Mason, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, reported Tuesday that it was expected that road crews would work “around the clock” in order to treat and clear roads. He said crews had been doing so since early Tuesday morning.

And although weather will affect traveling conditions, Thanksgiving should be dry but cold.

Mach said it will be sunny with a high temperature in the upper 20s. He also noted that wind gusts could reach 20 mph.

“It will be cold and blustery,” Mach said.

Skies should remain clear Friday as many area shoppers wait in line to get the season’s best deal.

“The weekend looks all right weather-wise. The next chance for precipitation in the Williamsport area will be Monday,” Mach noted.