Half a foot of snow could fall in central Pennsylvania with slick Friday morning commute

Teresa Boeckel
York Daily Record

Two to four inches of snow is expected to fall overnight Thursday in south central Pennsylvania, creating slick conditions for the Friday morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavier amounts of 5 to 6 inches could fall along the state line in Adams, Franklin and York counties, said Paul Walker, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.

Central Pennsylvania is expected to receive several inches of snow Thursday night into Friday morning.

At least one school — Northeastern School District in York County — already has announced that classes will be held virtually on Friday because of the forecast and staff shortages related to COVID-19.

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The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for Adams, Franklin, Lebanon and York counties.

The storm will be moving in from west to east. For Franklin and Adams counties, the advisory is in effect between 5 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday. In Lebanon and York counties, it runs from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The steadiest snow is expected to start falling around 10 p.m. to midnight, said Matt Steinbugl, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. It will continue through the overnight hours and wind down around 6 a.m.

"There will be some disruption, especially the early commute tomorrow," he said.

The state Department of Transportation is preparing by pretreating interstates and problem areas, spokesman Dave Thompson said. Crews also are monitoring the forecast, making sure the equipment is running and ensuring it has enough material on hand.

PennDOT still has a plow driver shortage, and in York County, one of the shifts is short a handful of operators, he said.

If needed, the department will extend the routes or move crews from less-traveled roads to interstates, expressways and other high volume roadways, Thompson said.

PennDOT is asking drivers to monitor the road conditions and plan accordingly. They can check the travel conditions and track the plows by visiting 511PA.com.

Drivers might need to allow for more time to reach their destination because of the weather conditions, Thompson said. They also should make sure they have plenty of fuel and carry supplies with them in case they get stranded.

It will be cold and windy after the storm passes through. Temperatures on Friday will be in the low 30s, but it will feel like the mid- to upper teens, Steinbugl said.

While the impending storm is expected to bring all snow, another one is predicted to bring a wintry mix over the weekend.

The National Weather Service says that will move in Sunday morning, but AccuWeather.com predicts it will arrive Saturday night.

Temperatures on Sunday are expected to rise above freezing.

School changes

Franklin County

  • Chambersburg Area School District is closed. The day will be made up on Feb. 17.
  • Tuscarora School District will have a two-hour delay.

York County

  • The following schools are operating remotely: Central, Dover, Eastern, Northeastern, Red Lion, South Eastern, Southern York, West York, York City, York Tech and York Suburban