Travelers advised of winter weather, Midnight Clear declared

University Park, Pa. — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for numerous Pennsylvania counties, including Centre County, as several inches of snow are in the forecast for areas throughout the state on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 9-10). Members of the Penn State community, particularly students and families making the trip to University Park campus for the start of the spring semester, are strongly advised to check local weather forecasts and road conditions before traveling.

Additionally, the Office of the Physical Plant has declared a Midnight Clear for Friday and Saturday nights. This means that there is no parking in any surface parking from midnight to 7 a.m., with some exceptions.

Overnight parking will be available in:

-- all parking decks-under roof areas only, between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.;

-- lot Orange H, along the north side of Materials Research Lab;

-- areas with fenced parking compounds, such as Fleet Operations, the Office of Physical Plant back lot and Bryce Jordan Center Orange L South lot;

-- all farm areas; and

-- lot Red A, west of Atherton, between 3 and 7 a.m. only.

Departments with University vehicles need to move them into one of the parking decks between now and midnight tonight.

The East bay (the section closest to Bigler Road) on the ground floor of the East Deck has been reserved for oversized vehicles that do not fit in the other garages on campus. The ground floor of the East Deck will accommodate vehicles up to 8 feet, 2 inches in height. Vehicles that normally had to remain in one of the approved surface areas because of roof racks, truck caps etc. can now be parked in the East Deck.

Signs have been posted in the East Deck reserving the East bay (closest to East Halls) for oversized vehicles. Once the signs are posted regular vehicles (less than 7 feet max height) are prohibited from the reserved area and must park in another portion of the garage.

When parked in the garages during a Midnight Clear event, all ADA parking regulations remain in effect. Vehicles parked in handicapped-designated parking spaces must display a valid state issued HP license plate or placard.

Student storage lots such as Lot 43, Lot Blue 81, Blue 82 and Blue 83, Lot Silver 42, and Brown 11 are not affected by Midnight Clear.

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Last Updated December 08, 2009