Update: 2 to 4 inches more expected through Wednesday night
Snow is expected to continue falling in York County throughout the day Wednesday, March 7, although the National Weather Service is lowering its estimated accumulation totals.
The weather service has issued a winter storm warning through 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In an update just before 8 a.m., the weather service said York County should see an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow by the time the warning ends tonight, although there was little local accumulation on the ground at the time of the update.
On Tuesday, the service was predicting 4 to 8 inches locally.
Municipalities in York County and the state began preparing for the winter storm yesterday.
Gov. Tom Wolf placed York County and the rest of central Pennsylvania under a state of emergency.
In York City, trash collection will be delayed a day, and non-essential employees are encouraged to take leave.
Here's what we know so far, check back for updates:
York City: All collections by Republic Services will be completed on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week, according to a news release from the City of York.
Trash will not be collected Thursday, March 8, and will commence with normal bag limits Friday, March 9.
Customers in the Tuesday/Friday Refuse District will also have a one-day delay, with normal bag limit pickup Saturday, March 10.
As a reminder, dark-colored bags should be used for visibility in the snow, a path to items should be cleared, and during heavy snow accumulation, items should be placed on top or in front of snow piles directly along the collection route. Tied trash bags instead of cans are recommended in case of wind.
Also, York City will be operating with a liberal leave policy on Wednesday. Non-essential city employees are free to use their accrued time off or take time off without pay, according to a news release.
West Manchester Township: Due to the impending weather and the potential for significant snowfall, West Manchester Township has declared a Snow Emergency from 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, until 10 p.m. Thursday, March 8.
East Prospect: East Prospect Mayor Matthew Mann declared a snow emergency effective 7 a.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Wednesday for the borough.
Residents must remove parked vehicles from streets marked “Snow Emergency” to avoid being ticketed or towed, according to a news release.
They are encouraged to move cars from non-emergency streets to help with plowing.
After snow stops, it must be cleared from sidewalks within 18 hours, and it cannot be piled or discarded on public property, streets, right-of-ways, sidewalks, alleys or parking lots. It also cannot be piled back onto cleared streets, or on another's property without permission.
For questions, contact the borough at 717-252-0177.
To stay up to date, residents of affected counties can check roadway conditions on 511PA.com, a free 24-hour service which provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to traffic cameras.
It's also available through iPhone and Android apps or by calling 511.
The service shows plow truck statuses and travel alerts along specific routes with the “Check My Route” tool.
Statewide: Wolf announced Tuesday, March 6, that York and other neighboring counties would be under a state of emergency for winter weather expected the following day.
The winter weather amendment to the disaster emergency declaration includes Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and York counties, a release from the governor's office stated.
According to Wolf, the 24-hour Commonwealth Watch and Warning Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will have extra staff monitoring conditions and county needs starting 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, the center will be fully staffed with state police and state turnpike, transportation, military and veterans affairs, health, human services, conservation and natural resources, general services, environmental protection, and office of administration personnel, as well as staff from the American Red Cross and the Civil Air Patrol.
The news release warned motorists to delay all unnecessary travel and heed local-level roadway restrictions.
“This storm may not have the extremely high winds as the one last week, but it will dump significant amounts of snow across a wider area and that prospect is moving us to take additional aggressive steps to restrict heavier vehicles from the interstates,” Wolf said in a news release.
The release stated that beginning at midnight Tuesday, the state department of transportation will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on the following highways:
- Interstate 78 from the junction with Interstate 81 in Lebanon County to the New Jersey line.
- I-80 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New Jersey line.
- I-81 from the Maryland line to the New York State line.
- I-84 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New York State line.
- I-380 from the junction with Interstate 80 to the junction with Interstate 81.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will also prohibit these vehicles from traveling the northeastern extension between the Lehigh Tunnel and Clarks Summit, the release states.
According to the release, all commercial vehicles will be banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Restrictions will remain in place as necessary during the storm, and speed restrictions and additional truck and vehicle bans will be considered on the above routes.