UPDATED: York County closes offices due to weather, parts of I-83 southbound still shut down

Dispatch Staff
Carson Lehman, 14 at left, and brother Josh, 15, help neighbor Brennen Heinderer, 15, clear his driveway of snow on Forest Lane in Springettsbury Township, Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

York County has closed all of its government offices, including courts, due to the winter weather conditions that are estimated to produce 4 to 7 inches of snow and freezing rain Wednesday, February 20.

York City and the all of the county's school districts have also closed, and both Stewartstown and Fairview Township have declared snow emergencies urging residents to stay off the roads.

A five-mile stretch of Interstate 83 southbound has been closed, and PennDOT reported about noon Wednesday that all southbound lanes between Exit 40, New Cumberland, and Exit 35,  Lewisberry were closed.

York Area United fire police close Mount Zion Road at Pleasant Valley Road after several vehicles weren't able to make it safely up the hill and were stranded, Wednesday, February 20, 2019. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

As of about 12:30 p.m., the website reported heavy traffic between exits 40 and 39.

More:Winter storm: All York County school districts, city offices closed Wednesday

York County 911's webcad was reporting roughly 30 active traffic incidents throughout the county around that time as well. Most of the incidents involved disabled vehicles or were accidents reported without injuries. 

Other travel restrictions that have been set include:

  • I-83 northbound has a reduced speed limit of 45 mph beginning at the Maryland state line through Dauphin County.
  • Route 30 eastbound has a reduced speed limit of 45 mph in York and Lancaster counties.
  • There is a ramp restriction due to a disabled vehicle on I-83 northbound at Exit 28.
  • Empty trailer trucks, motorcycles, RVs and vehicles with trailers are not permitted on I-83 northbound between Maryland state line and Exit 21A on Rt. 30 East. 
  • There is a ramp closure at York's I-83 southbound exit.