York City resident Tracey Robinson's fear of snow goes back a long time.

Nearly 20 years ago, she slipped and broke her ankle while walking to a store to buy medicine for her 2-year-old daughter.

It never healed correctly, and now the 45-year-old is waiting for amputation surgery on that leg.

If it were up to her, she'd never go out in the snow again, she said.

But she was pumping gas at a Pennsylvania Avenue Rutter's Monday morning regardless, because she had to drive her pregnant daughter to a doctor's appointment.

The roads weren't that bad, she said. The worst part was getting out of her Smith Street driveway -- and walking on ice.

While she took her time navigating the slushy parking lot, 27-year-old Dan Klugel was in a rush to pump his gas.

There was a 20-car pileup on Windsor Road between the Windsor Township building and Route 24 on Sunday.
There was a 20-car pileup on Windsor Road between the Windsor Township building and Route 24 on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Ame Kessler)

Despite waking at 6 a.m., he was at least 30 minutes late for his 7 a.m. shift. But the roads weren't to blame.

His car battery was dead when he tried to start it, he said. So then he had to clean the ice from his fiancee's car so he could use it for a jump-start. Then he had to clean the ice from his own car, which, when he finally got it started, was too low on gas to get to work.

Sunday storm: York County got 3 to 6 inches on snow Sunday, with higher amounts recorded in some local spots, said John Dlugoenski, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.

The first snowfall of the season might have made it feel a bit more like Christmas, but it also meant hazardous road conditions for motorists across York County.

Most schools were operating on a delay Monday morning, but six had closed: Dallastown, Eastern York, Northeastern, Red Lion, South Eastern and Southern, according to WHTM.

Highway crews had cleared many roads, and county spokesman Carl Lindquist reported the county's 911 call volume had returned to normal by 8:30 a.m. Monday.

But the snow-covered and slippery roads led to a number of crashes Sunday.

First responders were handling nearly 60 traffic incidents by Sunday evening, according to York County 911, but no fatalities were reported as a result of weather-related crashes.

Bad to worse: A crash in York Township Sunday was exacerbated when a vehicle sheared off a fire hydrant, sending thousands of gallons of water onto nearby roads and into yards of homes.

The crash happened on Leader Heights Road near Vireo Road 3:30 p.m., according to York County 911.

Unlike in the movies, in which water sprays straight up into the air when a hydrant is knocked from its underground pipe, the water is actually sprayed horizontally, said Brian Bastinelli, the township fire chief.

The force of the wayward geyser created a roughly 8-foot-deep, 10-foot-wide and 25-foot-long hole, he said.

It also sent dirt flying on a road, leaving firefighters to shovel off the mess.

"It was a tremendous amount of water," Bastinelli said. "It was thousands of gallons a minute."

The water flooded nearby roads and flowed into a retention creek. But the excessive water overflowed the creek banks and ran into backyards, threatening at least one house, before flowing back into the creek.

A York Water Co. crew responded to shut off water to the hydrant.

Some roads, including Leader Heights Road, were closed in the area but have since reopened. However, Cherry Street remained closed Monday morning, awaiting a township engineer's inspection to see if the road was compromised and needs to be repaired.