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Mid-March snowstorm brings 12+ inches of snow to much of midstate

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 14, 2017 11:52 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A mid-March winter storm has met expectations in many parts of the midstate.

More than a foot of snow has fallen in some areas, but others have escaped with only a couple inches.

Bloomsburg has reported the highest total in the midstate: 17 inches with 16.5 falling in York Springs.

A foot of snow was reported in Hummelstown, Dauphin County, and 7.5 inches in Millersville, Lancaster County.

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Eric Hurst, a meterology professor at Millersville University, says the storm changed over to sleet in some areas near the Maryland border.

"There's quite a gradient across the lower Susquehanna Valley. I think the same thing is probably true in York County and Adams County as well. The sleet also helps reduce the drifting," says Hurst.

Speaking on Smart Talk, Hurst says the storm could still match or break a record snowfall of more than 20 inches over two days in March 1993 in Harrisburg.

At last check, 14 inches had fallen at Harrisburg International Airport.

Harrisburg public works crews were out with plows before sunrise. City officials offered free garage parking in an attempt to keep cars off snow routes, although a few people parked on their sidewalks instead.

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Meanwhile, WITF's Marie Cusick found the coffee shop Mean Cup in Lancaster was staying open through the storm.

There will no mail delivery today.

The Postal Service has closed all its post offices, station and branches, as a result of the storm.

"With it being such a powdery snow, depending on if there's sleet mixing in or not, I'd kinda sit tight until maybe the later part of the day, when the winds die down," says Mike Crochunis with PennDOT. He says people should still be cautious.

"You think oh, the snows done and you go out and you want to run an errand or something like that and all of a sudden, you hit a 10 foot snowdrift. It's entirely possible with what we've received today," adds Crochunis.

Crochunis says the winds made plowing difficult earlier today, especially with a more powdery snow falling in some parts of the midstate.

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