A winter storm is expected to bring snow today, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast for Towanda called for snow Friday, and the weather service noted that the snow could be heavy at times. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent, and new snow accumulation of around 2 inches is expected.

For Friday night, the weather service was calling for snow, mainly before 4 a.m., with the snow possibly being heavy at times. The chance of precipitation was 80 percent, and the weather service was calling for a new snow accumulation of around 5 inches.

"PennDOT is well aware of the coming storm," said Rick Mason, public information officer for PennDOT District 3-0, on Thursday. "Anti-icing operations were carried out on major routes across the district today. Winter-service materials are in adequate supply, and equipment and our crews are prepared to address the storm forecast to start Friday."

He also noted that motorists are reminded to keep a close eye on weather forecasts and are advised to avoid travel whenever possible during severe winter storm events. "PennDOT will be out treating and plowing roads, as necessary, in order to keep the roads safe and passable," he said. "However, when the weather turns nasty, motorists who do travel need to remember to slow down and drive according to the conditions they encounter."

Mason said that travelers are encouraged to visit PennDOT's web site: www.dot.state.pa.us and click on Ready for Winter, then Winter Services Guide for a wealth of useful information.

He said they can also check on travel conditions on major routes at www.511PA.com or dialing 511 from any phone.

For Saturday, the weather service said there is a chance of snow before 11a.m., and then a chance for flurries before ending. The forecast calls for cloudy skies that gradually become mostly sunny, with a high near 26.

Sunday's forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions, with a high near 32.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com