A flood warning has been issued for southwestern Centre County, including State College, through 10:30 p.m. Wednesday as remnants of Hurricane Ida bring heavy rain to the region.
The National Weather Service in State College had issued a flash flood warning earlier in the day.
At 4:40 p.m., radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain falling across the area covered in the flood warning, which also includes south central Clearfield County and Huntingdon County, the National Weather Service’s alert states. Between 3-6 inches of rain have already fallen in the area and rainfall amounts of up to 1 inch are possible.
Due to flooding concerns, State College, Bellefonte, Penns Valley and Bald Eagle area school districts dismissed students early on Wednesday afternoon. No reports of major flooding have been reported as of Wednesday afternoon, Bill Gartner, meteorologist for NWS at State College, said.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because even shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads.
To check the condition of roadways, visit www.511PA.com.
Here’s a look at what to know and what’s happening across the region:
- According to PennDOT, there is a speed restriction on I-80 Eastbound due to flooding starting at Bellefonte Exit 161 through the New Jersey state line.
- Several state park and forest campsites will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced. That includes Poe Valley and Poe Paddy state parks. A full list can be found on the DCNR’s website.