Winter storm warning: York County prepares
After a fairly mild winter so far, York County is expected to see 6 to 12 inches of snow Monday night through Tuesday.
David Martin, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in State College, said Sunday that the county will see at least 6 inches of snow during a storm that will begin Monday evening and last until Tuesday night. He went on to say that some parts of the county could see as much as 12 inches of snow.
Winter storm warning: On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that will be in effect from 8 p.m. Monday evening until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Specifically, Martin said the snow should begin after sunset on Monday and will taper off to a light snowfall by Tuesday afternoon.
The weather service also warned that gusts could reach 20 mph, causing blowing and drifting snow, and that power outages might occur because of the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines.
Martin said eastern counties in Pennsylvania and the eastern part of York County could see the worst of the storm. He predicted those areas will see between 8 and 10 inches or more.
Martin said the temperature will remain cold for most of the week, so the snow on the ground will stick around for more than a day or two this time.
Accuweather predicts snow starting Monday evening and lasting through Tuesday, with a total accumulation of 7-14 inches.
Prepared: Martin said Yorkers should take the time to prepare for this storm. Most of the snow should be on the ground in time for Tuesday morning commutes, so caution should be exercised.
"If you have to travel Tuesday or if you have to go to work, go slow," he warned.
Locals were heading to grocery stores and hardware stores Sunday to stock up on food and purchase snow equipment. Troy Rauhauser Sr., a West York resident, headed to the Lowe's Home Improvement store at 1175 Carlisle Road to purchase a shovel and gas for his snowblower in preparation.
"We've been pretty fortunate this year, and I think we took a lot for granted during December and January," he said of the storm. "You can never count March out, though."
He said he and his wife already stocked the fridge with food just in case, and he'll hopefully be staying home from work Tuesday to stay safe.
Some Yorkers were already prepared for the storm because it's been such a mild winter. Rauhauser said he had salt that he hadn't used yet this year. Kevin Schieler, a Manchester Township resident, said he also had salt and other winter necessities that hadn't been used. He simply needed a new shovel after his broke.
"We prepped before the winter season started and we didn't get snow, so we have everything we need for the most part," he said.
Preparing plows: Snowplow companies such as Ramos Outdoor Services also were joining community members in preparing Sunday. Evelia Rivera, one of the owners of the family business, said they've been stocking up on salt and making sure all three of their plow trucks are filled with gas.
"We've got our coffee and hats and boots ready," she said with a laugh.
She explained the business will essentially run nonstop during the storm to service current customers plus anyone else who calls in needing help getting their driveway or business parking lot plowed.
She suggested people keep cars in their garages or off the roads if they can to prevent them from being buried in by snow plows. She also asked that people make sure parking lots are clear of all vehicles before having a service such as hers plow them.
She's hoping everyone stays safe and warm during the storm.
"People just shouldn't be on the highways or roads unless it's a must or an emergency," she said. "Stay off the roads. That's the biggest issue."