The National Weather Service tells KQW that the current Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7:00 PM Wednesday evening.
Those of us in the Oil Region who experienced anywhere from three to five inches of snow overnight were greeted Wednesday morning by a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The precipitation resulted in the announcements of two-hour delays for all Venango County schools. Clarion University and DuBois Business College cancelled classes at all of their campuses.
In Clarion County, where C-93 Radio reports overnight snowfall amounts reached eight inches, all schools closed. The same results were reported in Jefferson and Clearfield Counties. Meanwhile, north of us, very few cancellations or delays were reported.
PennDOT has reduced speeds on Pennsylvania’s Interstate roads, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and at least eighteen state highways to maximums of 45 miles per hour. Empty tractor-trailers and double-wide rigs are prohibited from traveling the Turnpike between New Stanton and Breezewood, and other rigs are restricted to the far right lane. And, Route 8 in northern Butler County was closed to traffic during the mid-morning on Wednesday because of a collision between a car and a snow plow truck. Injuries were reported, but no specific details are yet available.
Before 10:00 AM, the mixed precipitation had changed back to snow, and forecasters were calling for the chance of another two or three inches of accumulation. Behind the storm, wind chill readings will drop below zero, and low temperatures for the next three mornings should range between six degrees above zero and one below zero.
Another snowstorm is expected by the middle of the weekend.