First day of spring comes in like a lion

Bud O'Mara snapped this picture of Joel and Karen Amsley cleaning the windows at their home on East Baltimore Street Monday — the last day of winter, while William Matson, who lives in an apartment off East Baltimore Street was shoveling snow on Tuesday — the first day of spring. Matson said he wanted his girlfriend, Karen Talhelm, to have a clean parking space when she came home from work. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT.

Mother Nature confirmed yesterday the prognostication of the state's most beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil: Despite Tuesday's arrival of spring, there was more winter left to be had.

Nor'easter Toby dumped snow across Franklin County for the better part of two days.

Snow that began to fall during the morning hours Tuesday resulted in crashes and road closures across Franklin County as well as early dismissals for local school districts.

But winter didn't end there.

The county remained in a snow globe-like state all day Wednesday, forcing the closure of schools, doctors' offices, county government and many businesses.

The Borough of Waynesboro, Greencastle Borough and Washington Township officials initiated snow emergencies in their respective municipalities Tuesday, asking residents to limit travel to only essential or emergency trips.

Greencastle, Waynesboro, Chambersburg and Tuscarora school districts all closed Wednesday.

Meritus Health closed most of its campuses and services and Summit Health closed all but its hospitals and urgent care centers on Wednesday.

Both Washington County, Md., and Franklin County government offices also shut down for the day.

"Public safety and the safety of our employees are always our primary concerns," said Commissioner David Keller. "Given the condition of the roads countywide this morning and the forecast for continued heavy snow throughout the day, we felt it was prudent to close county offices for the day."

"That said, our jail, 911, maintenance and other 24-hour operations are appreciated for their dedication," added Commissioner Bob Thomas.

But a few businesses opened—at least for a little bit Wednesday morning.

"We just came in at 11 a.m. It's always a challenge to know whether things are gonna be cleaned up enough for people to be out and about," said Jan Martin, owner/manager of ELM Department Store on the square of Greencastle. "As a small biz owner, there are activities I can take care of even if there's no customers here."

Snow was still falling as of press time Wednesday.

The last comparable snowfall was on March 12, 2017, when eight inches of snow fell across the region.