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Snow in Pa. hits hunting, holiday shopping seasons

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 1:19 am •  Published: December 14, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A third dose of snow in a week is expected to interrupt the state high school football championships, make for a chilly last day of deer hunting season and complicate holiday shopping and travel plans throughout much of Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The snowfall is expected to leave 4 to 8 inches in much of western, central and northern Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia area may only see an inch or 2 of snow, and National Weather Service meteorologist John LaCorte said the snow will be lighter and fluffier in colder areas, and heavier and wetter in southeastern Pennsylvania.

"Take it easy with the travel," LaCorte said. "With the season being what it is, people wanting to be out Christmas shopping and such, it probably won't be a good day for travel."

Hunters on the last day of deer hunting season will have to contend with more snow, even though in some areas it could help them track deer. The past week of snowfall has deposited 6 to 8 inches on the ground in the Erie area, and hunters there are shrugging off the additional snow expected Saturday.

"We get it all the time, so it's not as big of a deal for us," said Andy Buschak, a salesman at Edinboro Outdoors sporting goods store in Edinboro, about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Two state high school football championship games are being moved from Saturday to Sunday because of the snow predictions. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association said the Class AA title game between Imhotep Charter and South Fayette will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. The class AAAA game featuring St. Joseph's Prep against Central Catholic will kick off at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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