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Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Jan 24, 2016 8:21 AM

A man shovels snow during the snowstorm. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

(Harrisburg) -- The dig out begins.

After taking a gut punch from an historic snowstorm, people across the region are likely waking up this morning and wondering, "How do I get out of the house today?"

The city of Harrisburg is dealing with a record 30.2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

But, that wasn't even the highest total reported.

York Springs in Adams County and Pine Grove Furnace in Cumberland County have a reported 34 inches of snow.

Mont Alto in Franklin County reports 33.3 inches, the city of Lebanon has 31, and Reinholds in Lancaster County is at 28 inches of the white stuff.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf emphasized the goal of his administration to deal with the storm and its aftermath is simple.

"We are deploying all of our resources to try to make sure the people of Pennsylvania are safe," he said during a briefing at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's headquarters. "That is my biggest priority and that is what I will continue to work toward."

PennDOT and municipal crews are facing a daunting task as they switch from simply keeping roads passable to clean-up mode.

"That's pushing the snow off the bridges, so that it's not an added load on the bridges. It's pushing, clearing out the shoulders," says PennDOT's Greg Penny. "We've got to clear out the drains, so that as this melts we don't have clogged or blocked drains that  might lead to possible flooding.

That means they are tackling the daunting task of clearing both major and secondary roads.

Drifting snows from high winds are a also a big problem.

So, the department is asking for two things from you -- stay off the roads and do not throw snow shoveled from your sidewalks and driveways into the street.

Some roads may not be cleared until Tuesday.

At 9:00 a.m., PennDOT will lift the temporary vehicle restrictions that were placed on trucks traveling on major highways in south central Pennsylvania, banning all double trailers, empty trailers, and tow-behind-trailers from travel on the interstates and major expressways in the region.

The 45 miles-per-hour speed restrictions on major roads and expressways remain in effect.

Motorists can check conditions, including color-coded winter conditions, by visiting 511PA.


Here are some of the top snow totals by county:

Adams County:
   York Springs               34  

Columbia County
   Catawissa                   14

Cumberland County
   Pine Grove Furnace    34

Dauphin County
   East Rockville             30.3         
   Harrisburg International Airport      30.2  

Franklin County
   Mont Alto                    33.3 

Lancaster County
   Reinholds                    28  

Lebanon County
   Lebanon                      31  

Mifflin County
   Lewistown                   15.8  

Northumberland County
   Mount Carmel              21  

Perry County
   New Bloomfield           25.5

Schuylkill County
   Port Carbon                27 

Snyder County
   McClure                      18

Union County
   Winfield                       15

York County
   South York                   31.5  


FILE PHOTO: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

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