Biggest snow totals in Columbia and Northumberland counties

Written by Tory Gates and Emily Previti | Mar 15, 2017 8:44 AM

A man tries to clear out his driveway in Dauphin County. Photo by Tim Lambert/WITF

(Undated) -- Two midstate counties have been hit the hardest by winter storm Stella.

According to the National Weather Service in State College, Orangeville in Columbia County received 23 inches of snow as did Elysburg in Northumberland County.

Bloomsburg and Benton in Columbia County and Ashland in Schuylkill County saw 21 inches on the ground when the storm finally wrapped up.

Stella dumped more than two feet of snow in some sections of Pennsylvania, especially in the Poconos. Among the new records set, Williamsport saw 18.3 inches. 

A winter weather advisory is in effect across the midstate until 8:00 pm. tonight.

Meteorologist Joe Ceru of the National Weather Service in State College says the storm's track, which was comprised of two separate fronts, followed its expected route.

"This was well-forecasted. The area of heaviest snowfall certainly shifted as the forecast progressed, as we locked in on the track of it up the coast," he said.

Ceru says temperatures will remain below normal, with lows in the upper single digits in the northwest, to the mid and upper teens through the southeast.

 A brief warming trend will move highs past the freezing mark into the weekend. 


A PennDOT truck plows Route 441, near Route 83. Photo by Tim Lambert/WITF

In the city of Harrisburg didn't waste much time digging out from winter storm Stella.

Main roads were clear downtown almost immediately, a handful of restaurants were open and people were out enjoying the snow day.

Public works crews started out at 9:00 p.m. on Monday night, working through sunrise and through yesterday to keep snow routes plowed.

Near white out conditions kept people inside earlier in the day, but they were starting to come out by the afternoon to dig out their cars, grab a beer or get into a snowball fight.

 Video by Emily Previti/WITF

It was first for 25-year-old Tanto Valentine. Valentine is a mechanical engineering student who arrived a couple months ago at Harrisburg-Area Community College from Cameroon, Africa.

"In Africa, we got only two seasons: dry season and rainy season. No snow," he told WITF's Emily Previti. "So this is my first ice, and it's great to do this iceball game with friends."

Valentine says his friends' next task is to take him skiing or snowboarding. 

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