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December 24, 2012

Snow to speed Santa’s journey

— Santa Claus should have no problems getting around today as a fresh coating of snow is expected.

A weak system that arrived Monday was expected to dump 1 to 2 inches of snow by daybreak today, said Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College.

For anyone who has to go out today, the roads should be fine by 9 or 10 a.m., he said.

The sun should break out at some point today, he said.

“Santa won’t have any problems because of having all the snow,” Kines said. “And if you were good, you didn’t need the snow anyway, because the presents would have already been there.

“Only the bad people need the extra help.”

A more threatening storm to deal with should arrive during the daytime Wednesday and continue through the night, Kines said.

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected from the storm.

It’s difficult to predict how much snow the area will receive.

If it stays cold enough, there is the potential for at least 6 inches of snow, Kines said. If it stays warmer, there would be less snow and more sleet and freezing rain, he said.

The storm is expected to move out on Thursday.

“Friday should not be a bad day,” he said, adding that there will be some flurries around.

Meteorologists are keeping their eyes on another storm that could hit the area over the weekend, he said.

In general, a stormy weather pattern, unlike the mild weather seen last winter, has started to develop, he said.

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