Winter storm update: Don't get used to the lull, York County

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
A pair of snow plows work as snowfall increases along Route 30 near North George Street during a winter storm in Manchester Township, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Update: The winter storm warning for York County has been downgraded to a winter weather advisory, the National Weather Service in State College announced Thursday about noon, when snowfall had died down or stopped falling in some areas. 

The weather service said the lull should last until the evening, before another round of  steadier snowfall returns, bringing another 1 to 3 inches of snow, which could be accompanied by freezing drizzle and ice in some spots.

The advisory includes Fulton, Franklin, Perry, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Lebanon, Cumberland, Adams and Lancaster counties. It runs until 10 a.m. Friday.

Reported earlier: York County had seen the highest snowfall totals in the region during Thursday's winter storm, according NWS a snowfall report. Stewartstown had 6 inches at 10 a.m., and Shrewsbury saw 4.5 inches about 8 a.m. Thursday, according to NWS.

"Some places have had it coming down pretty good so far this morning down in York County," NWS meteorologist Craig Evanego said. "I think probably in the state, in your area is the most so far from this system.  And it looks like it should continue to snow at a pretty good clip this morning down there."

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Snowfall is expected to decrease in intensity between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to the weather service, and then taper back into some periods of light snow, with less than an inch of additional accumulation Thursday night.

"We're thinking that a lot of what you see is what's going to come down this morning," Evanego said. "It looks like it will continue to snow lightly into tonight. But I think by daybreak tomorrow, it should pretty much be done with."

The National Weather Service has received reports of sleet near the Maryland state line, which means it's possible York County could see some ice pellets or light freezing rain later Thursday, Evanego said, adding "but it should be mostly a snow event."

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesperson Fritzi Schreffler said the department implores people to be vigilant and take precaution for the safety of themselves and PennDOT crews who have been at work since 4 a.m.

"Roads are snow covered. All of your counties, the crews are out patrolling. They're laying material where they can, and it really is too early for them to be plowing yet," she said at 8 a.m.  

Schreffler said crews pretreated some streets Wednesday and hit the roads Thursday morning. She said crews will continue patrolling their designed areas until Friday morning through clean up.   

"We treat every storm the same way pretty much if it's going to be drawn out across several hours," she said. "As the storm slows down later today, tonight we could start scaling back crews." 

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