Schools close as second winter storm in less than week hits the region

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Mar 7, 2018 7:25 AM

Streets department worker James Ockimey clears a downed tree during a winter storm, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Marple Township in Delaware County. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Undated)  -- Schools are closed and PennDOT's plows are on the roads as a second winter storm in less than a week is hitting the midstate.

Governor Tom Wolf has declared a state of emergency and says additional workers at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's headquarters are on duty to monitor conditions.

The disaster emergency declaration applies to dozens of counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Check out today's forecast here.

The National Weather Service says Berks County is likely to be the hardest hit -- with 10 to 14 inches of snow expected by tonight.

The county is under a winter storm warning until 3:00 a.m. tomorrow.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6:00 p.m. for Adams, Cumberland, Juniata, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties -- with three to five inches of snow in those areas.

In Columbia, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill and York counties, a winter weather advisory is in place until 8:00 p.m. --  with four to 10 inches likely in those areas. 

The rest of the region should see between one and four inches.


Piles of rock salt are seen in a salt storage dome as Streets Department crews prepare for an expected winter snowstorm. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Multiple types of trailers are banned on sections of interstate and plows and tow trucks are already at work.

Tens of thousands of people across Pennsylvania remain without power after last week's nor'easter.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.*

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