It was a waiting game for state plow drivers in York County on Sunday.
Instead of plowing fresh snow off the highways and roads during the afternoon and evening like they were expecting to do, state Department of Transportation drivers spent their shift on patrol, searching out ice and waiting for the snow to arrive, said Rudy Huggins, an assistant manager with York County maintenance.
After a winter that brought nearly 51 inches of snow to the county as of Feb. 28, he said the brief reprieve from the snow was welcomed.
"It's good for us," Huggins said.
Cold temperatures: The storm was to bring 3 to 6 inches of fresh snow to the county during the overnight hours, much less than previously thought.
That's because dry, cold arctic air pushed the storm further south, below the Mason-Dixon Line, said Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.
"It's kind of a give and take," he said.
Maryland and the Washington, D.C., areas were to receive the brunt of the storm and as much as a foot of snow.
Parts of southern York County were to see snow totals closer to the 6-inch mark, and areas north of York City were to see the lower end of the range.
That meant PennDOT had to be ready to shift drivers to where they are needed, Huggins said.
"We have to wait and see what it brings," he said.
PennDOT had 55 plow trucks out in the county and drivers were working 12-hour shifts.
Cold: That arctic air will make for extremely cold temperatures Monday and Tuesday.
Monday's high will be 22 - about 25 degrees below normal. The nighttime low will drop to minus 8, according to AccuWeather.
Tuesday will be mostly sunny, and temperatures will rebound to the upper 20s, said Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.
Tuesday night will get down to about 10 degrees, he said.
"After being below zero and with the sunshine, that probably won't feel too bad," Evanego said.
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