York County storm: Heaviest snowfall is yet to come

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Winter storm weather in Springettsbury Township, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York County’s heaviest snow from a two-day storm is expected to fall between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

Between 3 and 5 inches accumulated since the snow began Sunday, and meteorologists expect the storm to leave a total of 10 inches by the time it moves out Tuesday.

York County and much of southcentral Pennsylvania is under a winter storm warning until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

While other parts of the state saw the heaviest accumulations Sunday, the York County area is expected to be hit the hardest Monday night, said Steve Travis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College.

Thomas Kines, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, agreed, although the storm hasn’t quite live up to his expectations.

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"I think at least so far (the snow) has been an underachiever for southcentral Pennsylvania," Kines said Monday. "It certainly could have been a lot worse, and in that respect I would have anticipated more snow."

New restrictions were put in place Monday for Interstate 83 and other major highways throughout the state.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, all commercial vehicles, including those with chains, trailers pulled by passenger cars, motorcycles and recreational vehicles were prohibited from traveling on I-83, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced.

On Sunday, PennDOT also announced new speed limits on highways, including new limits of 45 mph on I-83, Route 30 and Route 15 in York County.

Throughout the duration of the two-day storm, roads have been wet and icing over due to freezing temperatures. Setting these speed and car limitations have been effective in reducing crashes, said Dave Thompson, a spokesperson for PennDOT.

"We are treating all state roads in the system, however we prioritize our interstates and other high volume roadways," Thompson said via email. "Vehicle and speed restrictions on major roads during winter storm events has been effective in preventing incidents."

At the county level, officials too have been monitoring the storm closely so they know what to expect and how to help residents, said county spokesperson Mark Walters.

"Today, as any day when there is snow and ice, we advise people to stay off the roads unless they have to be on them," Walters said. 

On Monday, there have been few accidents related to the snowstorm, according to York County 911.

"It's been pretty clear," the dispatcher said, adding that since 6 a.m. there were less than five crashes. 

At the start of the snowstorm Sunday, York County saw more crashes, with at least 30 reported to the 911 live incident log by noon.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.