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Petra Update – Winter Storm Warning Issued for Schuylkill County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Schuylkill County. The warning was issued as so-called Winter Storm Petra continues to bring frozen precipitation in several forms to the area.

In the latest warning from NWS issued just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Winter Storm Warning stays in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Check out the latest radar from Accuweather.com (taken at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday):

Weather officials say to expect freezing rain and sleet with the storm. Ice accumulations could be more than one-quarter of an inch. Sleet accumulations should be less than an inch from this evening through tomorrow morning.

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National Weather Service warns that power outages could be likely during the final part of Winter Storm Petra. Heavy ice forecast could weigh on power lines. Additionally, NWS says travel could be impossible during this time.

Winter Storm Petra Brings 3″ of Snow to Schuylkill County

This latest winter storm has already snarled Wednesday for much of Schuylkill County. An average of about 3 inches of snow fell from Wednesday morning through the late afternoon.

Heavy sleet and freezing rain will follow a brief lull in activity this evening. Temperatures are only slowly expected to creep toward freezing in Schuylkill County through the overnight hours.

The storm should end as plain rain.

Already, some Schuylkill County school districts are delaying the start of class on Thursday.

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