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Update: Blizzard warnings in Berks, York and Lancaster counties

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Jan 23, 2016 5:20 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A major winter storm is blanketing central Pennsylvania, with a blizzard warning in effect in Berks County until 3:00 a.m., as well as Lancaster and York counties until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow .

After days of tracking the development of the storm, the snow arrived in the region a few hours earlier than anticipated yesterday.

The National Weather Service in State College increased its projected snow totals overnight.

Adams, Cumberland, Lancaster and York counties are expected to see more than two feet of snow by the time the storm clears out sometime tonight.

Some 18-24 inches of snow are estimated to eventuall fall in Berks, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Schuylkill and Snyder counties.

Snyder and Union counties could see 8-12 inches, while Columbia could get between 6-10 inches and Northumberland may have 12-16 inches when it's all said and done.

A number of winter storm warnings have been issued across the midstate.

One will expire at 4:00 this afternoon for Snyder and Union counties and another for Columbia and Northumberland ends at 6:00 p.m.

At midnight, a winter storm warning ends for Juniata and Mifflin countie and in Berks County, it will end at 6:00 tomorrow morning.

The bulk of the region is under a winter storm warning until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow - Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and Schuylkill counties.

As far as travel goes, PennDot plows are working overtime to try to keep roads passable as the snow continues to fall across the region.

Blowing and drifting snow is also presenting problems for crews.

The department's Mike Keiser says the work will likely take some time.

"We will clearly be in our trucks, out in every county, probably all day through Sunday and likely into Monday as well, so it's going to be a significant storm for us," he says.

For those who were hoping for alternative means of transportation, it may be tricky as well.

At Harrisburg International Airport, passengers are being asked to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

Amtrak is operating with a modified schedule in the mid-Atlantic region this weekend. 

Passengers with reservations are being asked to to keep a close eye on conditions and make any changes in advance of their scheduled departure using Amtrak's website or the mobile apps to check their train status.

The Keystone Service between Harrisburg and New York, will be operating today and tomorrow, but on a modified schedule. 

Passengers should allow extra time to get to the station and be careful with possible slippery conditions in stations, on platforms and in the doorways of trains.

Not even mail delivery is immune from the storm.

The U.S. Postal Service has suspended operations across the region.

Post Offices, stations and branches are closed and there will not be any business or residential deliveries.

Also, collection from those familiar blue postal collection boxes has also been suspended.

*Story has been updated to include blizzard warning for Berks County*

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