STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Advisory and Special Weather Statement for Warren County for Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024.
The advisory runs until 3 p.m. Sunday with the Special Weather Statement in effect until “the early afternoon hours.” Steady west winds from 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph are expected.
“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,” the NWS said. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle (and) secure outdoor objects.”
The Special Weather Statement warns of a line of snow squalls moving through the region that could create hazardous travel conditions.
“Near whiteout conditions and a quick one half inch of snow in just 10 to 15 minutes will lead to dangerous travel conditions as a result of the very poor visibility and snow or ice covered roads. Winds will gust up to 50 mph in the squalls,” the NWS said.
People are urged to avoid unnecessary travel until later in the afternoon, and to take caution if approaching a squall.
“If you see terrain features and objects off in the distance being obscured by heavy snow within the dangerous snow squalls, take quick action to pull off the road to a safe location, such as a parking lot or driveway to wait out the squall,” the Statement said. “If you are on an interstate, it`s best to get off the road at the nearest exit as soon as you notice the squall to ensure the safety of you and your passengers. If there isn`t an opportunity to safely exit the Interstate, slow down gradually, well before entering the squall and turn on your flashing hazard lights.”
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