Storm brings about 9 inches to Greencastle-Antrim area

Shawn Hardy
Mike Ellis cleaned off a vehicle for his wife, Marisabel, who was headed to work at the Montessori School in Chambersburg from their home on Rolling Hills Drive Wednesday.

Tuesday’s storm brought a little less snow than expected, but the Greencastle-Antrim area has still had more than a foot in the past week.

Local weather observer Robert Wertime reported 8.8 inches from the storm that started with a few flakes at 8:50 p.m. Monday and ended around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. He measured 3.7 inches in the quick storm last Friday. The G-A area got more than some nearby locations on Friday because it was in a pocket of heavy snow, but the snow quickly melted away.

Frigid temperatures, accompanied by gusty winds, are making Tuesday’s snow last a bit longer.

Wertime measured the snow at 30 spots at his home on Leitersburg Street to get a good average at 8.8 inches.

“The storm was not as bad as we expected,” said Brad Graham, Antrim Township administrator. “A number of factors made it easier than feared.”

Antrim road crews arrived at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and worked until about 3 p.m. to plow the township’s 113 miles of roads. They were on the road again from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday to deal with drifting and in at 4 a.m. Wednesday to continue clearing problem areas.

“When we have wind there are always areas prone to drifting,” Graham said.

In Greencastle, workers left early Monday to go home and get some sleep, before hitting the streets at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

They plowed throughout the day on Tuesday and were treating slick spots with salt on Wednesday.

“I think our roads looked great and continue to look great today,” Borough Manager Eden Ratliff said on Wednesday.