9:30 a.m. update: There will be no trash collection in York City Thursday.

Customers in the Monday-Thursday areas will have trash collected Friday, and customers in the Tuesday-Friday areas will have trash collected Saturday, the city said.

Als, PennDOT drivers license and photo centers in York County will be closed Thursday.

7:20 a.m. update: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has lowered the speed limit on the turnpike to 45 mph between the Blue Mountain Tunnel (milepost 200) and the Delaware River Bridge (Exit 359) as well as the Northeastern Extension.

Also, these vehicles are banned for the duration of the storm: noncommercial or recreational trailers pulled by passenger vehicles,empty trailers and double tractor-trailers.

Lynn Seiple of Spring Garden Township shovels the sidewalk in front of Dairy Queen in Springettsbury Township Thursday.
Lynn Seiple of Spring Garden Township shovels the sidewalk in front of Dairy Queen in Springettsbury Township Thursday. (JOHN PAVONCELLO)

6:30 a.m. update: PennDOT has expanded its travel restrictions on interstates, including I-83.

These vehicle are banned until further notice: motorcycles, RVs, empoty straight trucks, large combination vehicles, tractors hauling empty trailers and trailers pulled by passenger vehicles.

The roads involved are I-83, I-81, I-283, Route 283 and Route 581.

PennDOT recommends that drivers stay off the roads for the duration of the storm. Plow trucks are working to keep roads passable, but they will not be able to completely clear roadways of snow and ice immediately, PennDOT said.

5 a.m. update:

About 4-5 inches of powdery snow has fallen in York City so far Thursday morning, and it's going to keep up all day, according to the National Weather Service.

York County will see up to 12 inches of snow from this storm, according to the latest predictions from the NWS, while Accuweather says York will receive about 10 inches.

The area remains under a winter storm warning until 10 p.m.

PennDOT has reduced the speed limit on all major roads in the region, including Interstate 83, Route 30 and Route 15, the agency announced. Also, all empty and double trailers are banned on I-83 and I-81 until further notice.

At 4:30 a.m.

Parking lots around covered with snow Thursday morning in York City.
Parking lots around covered with snow Thursday morning in York City. (Randy Flaum)
, Route 30 in York City and West Manchester Township was partially plowed, and plows are out around the county. There was more snow accumulation in intersections, and there were areas where the roads were very slick, making braking difficult.

For the latest roads conditions around York County, check the York County 911 log.

8:45 p.m. update:

The great Nor'easter of 2014 is upon us.

Snow started falling on York County about 8:30 p.m. and it is expected to continue until Thursday evening.

"This is going to be a long duration snow," said Randy Adkins, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.

The snowfall of the "wet heavy concrete variety" could cause power outages, he warned.

Forecasters are still calling for over a foot of snow for York County.

3:30 p.m. update: The amount of snow that could fall on York County has increased to 10-14 inches, the National Weather Service reports.

Meteorologist David Martin said the snow will start around midnight Thursday and fall heavier during the day Thursday. Martin said the winter storm warning is still in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

AccuWeather is still forecasting 10 to 14 inches of snow for York County as well, with precipitation expected to begin at midnight and continue into Thursday evening.

Earlier: York hasn't had a "calm" before the approaching storm, but rather a period of focused preparation as people - from grocers and school officials to the worried common homeowner - do what they can to brace for the coming nor'easter.

Yorkers woke Wednesday to temperatures of minus 3, but the impending storm was the topic of conversation.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, with snow starting after 11 p.m. Wednesday and continuing for most of the next day.

The forecast is calling for 3 to 5 inches of snow and a low of 20 overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Snow will be heavy at times Thursday, with a high near 33 and another 3 to 7 inches of snow, for a total of 8 to 12 inches by the time the storm ends.

There's a chance of snow showers through Friday night before the sun finally emerges on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

At PennDOT's York maintenance center, manager Mike Martin said crews were inspecting equipment and readying themselves for the road. There was a shift expected to start at noon Wednesday and drive until midnight, and double shifts working midnight to noon and noon to midnight to cover the whole day Thursday, he said.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said state workers haven't pretreated the roads "because there's enough residue from previous storms."

Crews have been pre-positioning some equipment in York and Lancaster counties, which are expected to get the most snow in Pennsylvania, he said.

Use sense: While this school week could very well end with Wednesday, those who must drive to work should use their best judgment, Penny advised.

"I think driving is going to be an individual decision because everyone has different vehicles ... and it depends how comfortable you are," he said.

Those who need to go to work might consider using a four-wheel drive, while adopting a mindset of caution rather than invincibility, he said.

"There are four-wheel drivers who think they can do anything, go fast and pass you," he said.

In last Sunday's storm, traffic cameras showed some interstate drivers chose to bypass the single plowed lane in favor of passing people in a lane that had not been plowed, he said.

"It floors me," he said. "It's interesting just watching people's behavior."

Another problem: Courtesy to other drivers extends to completely clearing one's vehicle of snow, which is also a law, Penny said.

On a Newberry Township stretch of Interstate 83 Tuesday, a 64-year-old woman escaped injury after a large chunk of ice came off the tractor trailer in front of her and smashed through her windshield, according to state police. The woman's car had to be towed, and police are still looking for the driver of the rig.

Penny said the incident serves as a reminder, and it could have been worse.

A driver was injured last week when the same thing happened on Route 851 in Cumberland County, he said.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.