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Today's storm may be just the start

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 3, 2014 3:35 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Central Pennsylvania isn't crying uncle yet, but it's getting close, after yet another snow storm.

In some areas of south central Pennsylvania, up to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow fell.

Snow plow

This was the type of snow that requires a little extra effort to shovel off the ground too.

It also complicated things for PennDOT.

"A bad side effect of heavy snow is when the plows go through and throw the snow off the roadway, and that's usually an occasion where we have problems with mailboxes, and there's probably some mailbox damage," says spokesman Greg Penny.

How did we end up with heavy snow?

"With those surface temperatures near freezing, there's more of a water content to it, and that allows it to be more of what we consider a heavy snow," says meteorologist Aaron Tyburski of the National Weather Service in State College.

And this could be just the start.

The National Weather Service is predicting freezing rain late tomorrow night, and there's no particular pattern at play.

"Each storm itself will be a little different. Whereas we had the snow today, we'll likely see freezing rain tomorrow night. Just use common sense," says Tyburski.

Tyburski says on Wednesday, the temperature should get above freezing, which will help keep roads drivable.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny says crews are in a tough spot.

"It's disrupting to the sleep pattern, it's tiring, it's exhausting. It's what we sign up for."

Penny says the agency is doing its best to get workers as much sleep as it can.

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