Penn State braces for weekend snowstorm

Fans traveling to Penn State’s game against Illinois should be advised that a winter storm warning is in effect for the State College area until 10 p.m. Saturday. Four to eight inches of snow are forecast to fall during a storm that was scheduled to begin around dawn.

The heavy, wet snow, accompanied by winds that could gust to or above 25 miles an hour, is expected to make the roads slippery and visibility difficult. In addition, motorists should watch out for debris caused by branches snapping under the weight of the snow, and perhaps downed power lines as well.

Temperatures are expected to be slightly above freezing during the game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

Penn State officials said 2,500 or more parking spaces in grass lots around Beaver Stadium could be lost because of muddy conditions and advised fans to carpool. Free shuttle buses will be running from off-site lots.

Parking updates are available at or on Twitter at #PSUparking.

--Joe Juliano