Tuesday update: All schools closed, more snow emergencies
1:00 p.m. update: Several local lawmakers said they haven't heard about any major accidents, power outages or other weather-related problems in York County.
Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-Franklin Township, said around 18 inches of snow fell at her home near Dillsburg, with snow still falling heavily around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Keefer said it seems like most people are staying off the roads and enjoying the snow day.
"It was nice to have the day at home and relax," Keefer said.
Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, said she was exhausted after shoveling up to 8 inches of snow from her sidewalks in the city.
Like Keefer, Hill-Evans said she has only seen a few moving cars Tuesday morning, with people staying off the roads so plows and salt trucks to get through.
In Red Lion, Rep. Stan Saylor said he was happy the snowfall didn't quite live up to forecast, but he is concerned about potential power outages and high winds continuing throughout the day.
Tuesday update: The Manchester Township Board of Supervisors has postponed its meeting Tuesday night.
The meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
11:30 p.m. update: All school districts in York County have announced that schools will be closed on Tuesday.
Also, York County School of Technology is closed, along with York Catholic High School and York Country Day School.
PennDOT has lowered the speed limit to 45 on all highways in southcentral Pennsylvania, include Interstate 83 and Route 30 in York County. Drivers are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm.
Also, West Manchester Township has declared a snow emergency, in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday. Residents are asked to move vehicles off roadways so the township will be able to plow.
In Springettsbury Township, police have blocked Edgewood Road after cars got stuck in the snow.
9 p.m update: More school districts have announced that they're closed, and more municipalities have declared snow emergencies:
Hanover, Spring Grove, West York, York City and York Suburban schools are now closed on Tuesday.
These municipalities have declared snow emergencies:
Carroll Township, 9 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Red Lion, from 10 p.m. Monday until further notice. No parking is allowed on Broadway, Main Street or High Street. Parking is permitted in the municipal lot on West Broadway.
7 p.m. update: School districts around York County are announcing that they will be closed Tuesday.
Here's the list so far: Dallastown Area, Dover Area, Hanover, Northern York, Northeastern, South Eastern, West Shore, York Suburban.
Lincoln Charter School, York Catholic High School and York Country Day School will also be closed.
Previous: Numerous municipalities are expected to declare snow emergencies and school districts close Tuesday because of the coming snowstorm.
LifePath Christian Ministries, formerly York Rescue Mission, began enacting its emergency preparedness plan Sunday, according to CEO Matthew Carey.
Carey said the organization is working to ensure it has ample mattresses, blankets, pillows, food, space and staff in place at its men's and women's shelters to accommodate an additional 100 to 150 people.
The men's shelter, at 367 W. Market St. in York City, and women's shelter, at 17 Jefferson Ave. in York City, could also be used as refuge for those needing a safe, warm place, Carey said.
Below are lists of emergency declarations, school closings and delays, and postponements (updated as new information is received).
Emergency declarations and closures:
- York County offices, including magisterial district courts and the Court of Common Pleas, will be closed Tuesday, according to the county's Twitter. Essential personnel are still required to report.
- York City has declared a snow emergency effective at 7 p.m. Monday, according to Jim Gross, the city's public works director. All vehicles must be moved from emergency routes to avoid being towed. Free parking is available to residents on snow emergency routes beginning at 5 p.m. until the emergency is lifted in the Market Street, Philadelphia Street and King Street garages. Rabbit Transit will provide free service for city residents who need to remove their vehicles from snow routes.
- Hopewell Township has declared a snow emergency effective at 6 p.m. Monday until midnight Friday, according to a news release. Motorists are required to move their vehicles from the road to allow plows to pass.
- New Freedom has declared a snow emergency effective 7 p.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. Motorists are advised against parking on borough streets.
- Shrewsbury Borough has declared a snow emergency effective 6 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. Police can issue citations or have vehicles towed if they are parked on a borough street during this time, and sidewalks must be cleared within 12 hours of snowfall.
- Gov. Tom Wolf signed a declaration of snow emergency to restrict speed on interstates and for some large commercial vehicles, according to a PennDOT release. The state will impose a 45 mph speed limit and a ban on tandem truck trailers, empty trailers, towed trailers, buses, recreational vehicles and motorcycles on all interstates beginning 10 p.m. Monday.
- North York has declared a snow emergency effective at 11 p.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. All vehicles must be moved from snow emergency routes, and parking is available at the borough office, Liberty Fire Department parking lot, Messiah Church's lower parking lot and the Lincoln Intermediate Unit school parking lot east.
- Glen Rock has declared a snow emergency effective at 8 p.m. Monday until the end of snowfall and/or until emergency routes have been cleared, according to a news release. Vehicles must be removed from Hanover, Church, Baltimore, Water, Manchester, Main and Valley streets, and snow/ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall.
- Newberry Township has declared a state of disaster emergency, effective immediately, according to a news release. The declaration does not impose any restrictions or require any actions by residents at this time.
- North Codorus Township has declared a snow emergency effective at 8 p.m. Monday until further notice, according to a news release. Residents must remove all parked cars from the street or they may be ticketed or towed.
- West Manchester Township has declared a snow emergency effective at 9 a.m. Monday until 9 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release. Residents are urged to avoid unnecessary travel and remove vehicles parked in roadways.
- Hanover has declared a snow emergency effective at 8 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. Residents must remove parked cars from designated roadways before this time or they will be ticketed or towed.
- The York County Resource Recovery Center will be closed Tuesday, according to a news release, and electronics recycling is cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Springettsbury Township has declared a snow emergency beginning at 9 p.m. Monday. Residents are encouraged to move vehicles off streets to allow public works plows to clear the snow.
School closings and delays:
- Dover Area School District is closed Tuesday.
- Dallastown Area School District is closed Tuesday.
- Lincoln Charter School will be closed Tuesday.
- York College's classes on Tuesday have been cancelled. Evening classes on Monday will continue as planned.
- York Country Day School will be closed Tuesday.
- Penn State York will be closed Tuesday, including all classes, activities and offices.
- The York City school board has changed its Wednesday meeting to Wednesday, March 22.
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