The PEMA emergency operations center is up and running at PEMA's headquarters in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, according to PEMA Director Glenn Cannon.
Around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, the center started up. Staff will increase on Wednesday to monitor the storm's impact throughout the state.
Liaisons from departments including the Pa. Turnpike Commission, Pa. State Police, PennDOT and even the Pa. National Guard will be on hand in the center. A representative from the Public Utility Commission will also be there.
"Our whole business is about preparing before bad things happen," Cannon said.
State officials want to have state resources ready when and if they are needed. The large amount of snow this storm could dump, coupled with the wind, could cause problems throughout the state.
"When you get weight on branches and high winds then you've got downed power lines, " Cannon said.
The event's severity is still unknown, Cannon said Tuesday afternoon.