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As Winter Storm Stella briefly paused midday Tuesday, York City residents attempted to dig out while they had the chance.

Residents started to shovel as snow tapered off around 11:30 a.m.

City resident Paul Godfrey said he does snow removal for a contractor at times, but by late morning he hadn't received a call and instead cleared his front porch and sidewalk.

“I thought it was going to be an easy winter,” he said.

Snow in his block amounted to about 8 inches. “It’s about what I thought,” he said. “The reporters got it pretty good this time.”

York City resident Katrina Walls was starting to dig her car out early, but she decided to wait for her husband, a snow plow driver with the city, to help her.

“He’s been out all night,” she said. Walls was with her 5-year-old son London, who was throwing snow blocks and trying to make snow angels. “You need to move your feet too,” Walls said to her son.

Although there was a snow emergency on Princess Street in York City, Walls parked her car just out of city limits to avoid having to keep it in one of the city garages or on a less-plowed street.

Walls said once she learned she wouldn’t work on Tuesday, she hunkered down at home with her family Monday night. “We just watched movies and drank cocoa. It was a pretty fun night.”

Walls added she “didn’t know what to expect” from the storm, but stayed optimistic that it would be a mild winter.

“I thought we were able to escape it,” she said. “But it caught us.”

There have been reports of a new snow system this week, but York County will likely be out of its range. “It’s a system that will spare most of Pennsylvania,” Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said. Instead, he said the storm will hit New York and New England.

Although Kines said he doesn’t expect any strong storms to come in the next week, he does expect the county to be “on the chilly side” over the next several days.

“I think we’re going to be hard-pressed to find a few days of good weather” over the next calendar week, Kines said.

Overall, Kines said it has been a mild winter in the county, citing average temperatures 2 degrees above normal for the season.

Although it may feel like winter, the first day of spring arrives next Monday, and Kines said a mild spring is also in play.

“It looks like it’s going to be above normal for April, May and even into June,” he said. He said a jet stream is going to be “well south” of us in the near term but may push back north, bringing and possibly keeping warmer air in the northeast.

Kines recalls the above average temperatures last month, which was the warmest February on record.

“It’s kind of payback for the nice weather we had in February,” he said.

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