Nor'easter brings another big snowfall to region

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 13, 2014 10:25 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The National Weather Service has upgraded its prediction for snowfall totals for far south York, Lancaster, and Adams counties, with some local totals now expected to reach 14-18 inches.

The storm has lived up to expectations, as snowfall rates have hit two to three inches per hour in some locations. Shrewsbury Township, York County is reporting the highest snowfall total as of 12 noon: 14.5 inches.

PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and Dauphin County Commissioners, among many others, are urging residents to stay off the roads until they've been cleared.

Fritzi Schreffler says there's a reason behind the request.

"Sometimes we sound like a broken record...but the purpose of our crews being out there is trying to keep the roads clear, trying to keep them passable."

Scheffler says those driving at unsafe speeds could also be ticketed by police if they are forced to respond to accidents.

PennDOT has put a 45 miles per hour speed restriction on place on all major roads and interstates in central Pennsylvania.

PennDOT has lifted earlier restrictions on tractor trailers on major highways.


Photo by witf/Tim Lambert

The Pennsylvania Turnpike also has lifted an earlier speed limit restriction, as well as its tractor trailer restriction.

10 inches of snow has already been reported south of Glen Rock in York County, while at least 6 inches have fallen in Harrisburg.

More than 8 inches have fallen in Millersville in Lancaster County.

The city of Harrisburg is under a snow emergency, which restricts parking and travel on these main roads. York County Commissioners have issued a disaster declaration for the county.

Most flights at Harrisburg International Airport today have been cancelled.

Airport officials recommend checking with your airline before leaving for the airport.

Amtrak is also running Keystone Service on a modified schedule today because of the weather.

Earlier, Charles Ross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service told witf that the snow could get wet and heavy in east central Pennsylvania, while western parts of the area will see more lighter and fluffier snow. According to Ross, Harrisburg is right in the middle - it could end up with either.

Tim Lambert also talked with PennDOT's Mike Crochunis to get an update on the road conditions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also says the driver license and photo centers at the following locations are closed due to inclement weather: Elizabethville, Duncannon, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Lancaster, York, Stewartstown, Gettysburg and Chambersburg.

Customers who had scheduled appointments for driver skills tests will be contacted by the driver license center staff to reschedule an appointment as soon as possible.

The latest snowfall forecast from the National Weather Service: 

Adams - 10-14, with some southern areas getting 14-18
Columbia - 6-10
Cumberland - 8-12
Dauphin - 8-12
Franklin - 10-14
Lancaster - 10-14, with some southern areas getting 14-18
Lebanon - 8-12
Juniata - 6-10
Mifflin - 6-10
Northumberland - 6-10
Perry - 6-10
Schuylkill - 8-12
Snyder - 6-10
Union - 6-10
York - 10-14, with some southern areas 14-18

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