Crystal Kauffman struggled with packing in the cold and dark.
"We had no power and it was 57 degrees in the house and getting colder, so we decided we couldn't stay home," said Kauffman, of North Codorus Township. "It was hard packing clothes and medicine in the dark. You don't realize how much you don't know your house until the lights go out."
She and her husband, Clair Kauffman, chose Wednesday to stay overnight at an American Red Cross shelter set up by the organization's York-Adams Chapter at the York County School of Technology in York Township.
No power: The Kauffmans, who had been without power since 6 a.m. Wednesday, were among thousands of York County residents who lost power during the ice and snow storm that hit the area overnight Tuesday going into Wednesday.
Met-Ed reported widespread damage throughout its 172,000-customer territory in York County. Several hours of sleet and freezing rain left a half-inch of ice on tree limbs and power lines, knocking out electricity to more than 120,000 Met-Ed customers in the region.
The Kauffmans said they decided to head for a shelter after learning from a Met-Ed representative that power restoration could take a couple of days.
Chris Eck, Met-Ed's spokesman, said the company's power restoration crew is working around in the clock to serve its customers. He said 630 crew members worked the area on Wednesday. They had to work through ice, snow and fallen trees and branches to repair the lines, Eck said.
Three of the crews were almost hit by trees, he said.
As of midnight Wednesday, 44,809 customers were still without power.
Keep working: For Thursday, 1,300 crew members will continue restoration work throughout the county.
A total 1,360 PPL customers in Wrightsville, Lower Windsor Township and Hellam Township and Hallam Borough areas could be without power until late Friday, according to Melinda Stumpf, a company spokeswoman.
She said that early Wednesday, 1,500 customers in the Northern York County area were without power. By 10:30 p.m. that night, only one customer needed power restored, Stumpf said.
Like Met-Ed's, PPL's power restoration crews are working through snow and ice conditions to get the power lines working, said Jim Nulton, PPL spokesman.
Of the PPL customers who could be without power until Friday, 1,041 are in Lower Windsor Township, while 228 reside in Wrightsville and 91 live in the Hellam Township and Hallam Borough areas, according to Nulton.
Shelter: People without power are encouraged to come to the Red Cross shelter, which will be available as needed, said shelter manager Steve Appleby.
The shelter opened at 2 p.m. Wednesday. However, county residents, including the Kauffmans, started arriving after 6 p.m. because of the darkness and cold, Appleby said.
By 7:30 p.m., close to 10 people had come to the shelter, where they got a warm meal and could watch television to keep up with news about the weather and power outage, he said.
"We want people to come to the shelter," Appleby said. "We want everybody to be healthy. We want everybody to be safe."
The county may get light snow accumulation — a light coating to two inches — on Saturday and Sunday, according to Erik Pindrock, with AccuWeather.com.
"You might see some light snow or flurries on Saturday," he said. "As of right now, it doesn't look like there's any significant storm on the horizon."
In the meantime, the county will get some sun Thursday and Friday with high temperatures of 28 degrees. For Saturday and Sunday, the high will be around 30 degrees, according to Pindrock.
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