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Governor Corbett thanks Pennsylvanians

Governor Corbett thanked Pennsylvanians for heeding travel warnings issued last night and today. Over 700 members of the National Guard have been called up during this emergency. Yesterday, Corbett ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

“We are still in a declared state of emergency from the last storm,” said Corbett during a brief 11 a.m. press conference.

The snow has changed over to sleet and freezing rain in the Lancaster area. The storm though is not over. Another one to five inches is expected during the afternoon, tweeted Meteorologist Eric Horst of Millersville University. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a daytime accumulation of five to nine inches today. Another two to four inches is possible overnight.

The City remains under a snow emergency. The City plows are doing a great job.

Safety Reminders:

  • If you do not need to be out on the roads, stay home. Most businesses and offices are closed today. If you do need to go out, call first and confirm your destination is in fact open.
  • If you have a sidewalk in front of your house, remember to have it shoveled in a timely fashion.
  • Clear around the heating vent on your house to ensure your heater stays working.
  • If you loose power, call your power company and report it. Do not assume your neighbor did.
  • If you have a fire hydrant on your property, clear the hydrant so that, if necessary, the fire company can access it.

Closures:

  • Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) closed for the day.
  • Schools and government offices are closed.
  • Amtrak is running modified schedules.

While many businesses did close, some finished shoveling and are welcoming the City’s foot traffic. In fact Commonwealth on Queen – which has your hot chocolate and coffee waiting for you – also suggests skiing, horseback, a dog sled, snowmobile and ice skates!

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