Snow tapers off Wednesday, roads better on Thursday in York

Samantha and Kevin Eck playfully battle through a snowball fight as snow continues to fall through Winter Storm Toby on the second day of spring in Springettsbury Township, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Winter Storm Toby blew into York County in full force Tuesday, March 20, dumping about a foot of snow in the first couple of days of spring.

When reached at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Tyburski said snow was expected to last just a few more hours.

The county will see an inch to an inch and a half more snow in addition to the average of 9-12 inches of snowfall since the day before, he said.

 AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel predicts 1-2 more inches before snow stops around 9 or 10 p.m.

"We’ll see the snow continue through the rest of the daylight hours," he said.

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Road conditions: Travel Thursday morning should be fairly safe, according to Tyburski.

The snow melting in the sun will make roads slushy but safe to drive on, with some possible issues on side roads.

Samuhel said 26-degree temperatures Wednesday night into early Thursday morning could cause some icy spots on the roads, but "road conditions should rapidly improve throughout the morning."

Closures: Because of recent weather, some delays, cancelations and road closures will still be in place. 

Meeting: A town hall on school safety with District Attorney Dave Sunday scheduled for Thursday evening has been canceled, according to a news release. Officials will reschedule in the next couple of weeks. 

York City: York City will be operating under a snow emergency until further notice, a release states. It's expected to last until at least noon Thursday. Residents will be notified with a press release and through social media and the city's website when the emergency is lifted.

Parking on snow emergency routes is prohibited until that time. All city parking garages and lots are available for free parking. According to a city ordinance, residents are not allowed to save shoveled out spaces with furniture, cones or other items.

York City Hall will have a delayed schedule Thursday, opening to the public at noon.

Street sweeping in the city will resume next week beginning with streets marked for the fourth Tuesday street sweeping route, and Republic Services refuse pickup is operating on a delayed schedule. A full schedule can be found in the news section of York City's website.

PennDOT:  PennDOT lifted the restriction on commercial vehicles on I-83 at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and all restrictions on travel on interstate running through Pennsylvania were to be lifted at midnight, according to a news release from PennDOT.

Warming up: After the storm, York County will have some dry days ahead, Tyburski said, with no snow for the next five days.

Thursday's temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s, warming up to 45-50 degrees into the middle of next week, he said.

Samuhel said that although Thursday will be sunny, the high will be 42 degrees with a gusty, cold wind throughout the day.

Friday will reach a high of only 40 degrees — way below the average of 57 degrees for March 23.

The weekend continues in the 40s, and Samuhel says meteorologists will have to keep a lookout on Sunday for a winter storm due to pass through Virginia, Delaware and Maryland. He does not expect the storm to cause snow in York County. 

Snowfall: The amount of snowfall from Winter Storm Toby is "right in line for York County," Tyburski said, based on previously released warnings. He said 12-16 inches were expected.

Samuhel said snowfall was "maybe a scooch higher," than what was expected overall, but some areas were due for more than a foot — which happened in York City.

The city had the highest report of snow in the county, with 12.7 inches as of about 3 p.m., Tyburski said. 

Other areas fared better, with 12 inches in Stewartstown and 9 inches in Brogue, he said. 

Adams County also received about 13 inches, Tyburski said.

"It’s not uncommon to get a heavy snowfall in March," Tyburski said. 

Last year, on March 14-15, it snowed as much as 17 inches in York, Dauphin and Lancaster counties.

"It's not unprecedented, but it's unusual," Samuhel said of the spring snow.