Blizzard warning: 2 to 3 feet of snow now expected



The blizzard warning will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday, as heavy snow and gusting winds will continue to pummel York County for the rest of Saturday, according to a National Weather Service update.

Snow will continue to pour down at rates up to 3 inches per hour later Saturday, dropping more than two feet on the area, the NWS says.

The heaviest band, though, will likely pass just to the north and west of York County; a band with even heavier snow and maybe even some thunder and lightning may glance the upper tip of the county as it passes through the Harrisburg area, according to the release.

Southwestern Regional Police sent out a news release late Saturday morning, telling locals most secondary roads in southwestern York County are "impassable." The department strongly advised people to stay put until the snow winds down and the plows restore the roads to some semblance of order.


Jennifer Fogle, left, and Jared Shafer, right, both of York City, take Ottis, 11-months-old, on his first walk through the snow on East Market Street as Winter Storm Jonas arrives in York, Pa. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Dawn J. Sagert - The York Dispatch)
Snow begins to fall on East Market Street as Winter Storm Jonas arrives in York, Pa. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Dawn J. Sagert - The York Dispatch)

The National Weather Service updated its blizzard warning for York and Lancaster counties at around 4 a.m. this morning, with the latest predictions calling for 2 to 3 feet of snow by late tonight.

The service says "heavy snow with rapid accumulation rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will continue into the afternoon." Residents in the affected area will also see 20 to 30 mph wind, with gusts up to 40 mph.

York County snow emergency declarations

Disaster declared in York City, travel banned


Disaster declared in York City, travel banned

A blizzard warning has been issued York County, according to the National Weather Service. It will be in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 15 to 20 inches of snow, with up to two feet along the Maryland border.

Snow will continue overnight, with the heaviest period of snow being after midnight into Saturday afternoon, with accumulation rates of one to two inches an hour, according the National Weather Service. Snow is expected to taper off Saturday night and end Sunday morning.

Storm-related cancellations and delays

The National Weather service predicts winds at 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusts around 40 mile per hour, with the strongest winds occurring Saturday morning.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at