LOCK HAVEN -A nasty mix of heavy snow followed by sleet and rain dumped two to four inches of snow on Clinton County this morning, causing slippery roads, power outages and school closings.
A winter advisory remained in effect for all of Clinton County until 11 a.m. today, as weather forecasters warned of potentially hazardous conditions on roads and bridges.
Nearly 3,000 households were without power this morning, primarily in Pine Creek and Woodward townships, although sporadic outages were reported throughout the Susquehanna region of the PPL power system.
PPL Electric Utilities has been in a storm emergency since 4 a.m.
In the Lock Haven area, 1,348 were without electricity, as were 1,562 customers in Pine Creek Township. Noyes Township saw 59 households or businesses without electricity.
Reports suggest the large majority of the power failures experienced this morning were due to a malfunction at a PPL power station located between Woolrich and Avis.
PPL officials had no word this morning as to when the power would be restored to the remaining problem areas, but residents in Woodward Township were reporting power was restored to some households at about 7:45 a.m. today.
At 8 a.m., PPL reported that power had been restored to 1,582 customers.
Some minor power outages were also experienced in the Bellefonte and Howard regions, according to reports. Allegheny Power reported 159 customers in Bellefonte and 30 customers in Howard were without power this morning, due to either a blown fuse or a malfunction to the overhead wire or equipment. The power was expected to be restored by 11 a.m. today.
The heavy snow also sparked widespread school closings and meeting cancellations.
Lycoming and Clinton County senior centers were closed and Meals on Wheels deliveries were canceled.
All schools in the Keystone Central, Jersey Shore, Bellefonte and Bald Eagle Area school district were closed, as well as the Sugar Valley Charter School.
Lock Haven University was placed on a two-hour delay and was operating on a compressed schedule at the Main and Clearfield campuses.
According to the National Weather Services Climate Center, the central Pennsylvania region received just 2.2 inches of snow yesterday, although many reports suggest Clinton Countians saw up to four inches of the white stuff in some regions.
AccuWeather radar showed the precipitation - snow and rain - beginning to move northeast and out of the midstate region.
The wintry mix was already changing to rain this morning ahead of a powerful storm tracking through the Great Lakes, according to NWS forecasters.
A trailing cold front will push through Pennsylvania late today, accompanied by a round of showers and possibly gusty thunderstorms.
Strong winds will usher much colder air tonight and Thursday, and scattered snow showers or flurries are possible.
The invading cold air will send temperatures below freezing tonight and motorists and those walking by foot are urged to use caution. Any wet or slushy spots on roads and sidewalks will likely freeze.
The mess went well beyond the borders of central Pennsylvania. Snow and ice extended from northern Pennsylvania to Burlington, Vt., and just started to invade the Boston area early today. One to three inches of snow was expected to whiten Boston before rain returned around midday.