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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Thursday, 13 February

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Snow seems to have made the news again this morning! Lancaster County is under a Winter Storm Warning. Lancaster City, like most municipalities this morning, is under a snow emergency. Lancaster City offices are among the hundreds of government, school and businesses that are closed today.

The Warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday. Possible accumulation is six to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Readers can report snow accumulations to the NWS by sending emailing ctp.stormreports@noaa.gov.

Street cleaning has been suspended due to the weather. It will begin again on Tuesday, 18 February. There will be no trash collection today either. It is expected to resume on Friday. City residents are reminded that parking is free in the city parking garages and the Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) garage on Chestnut Street.

Hundreds of government, school and businesses are now closed today. WGAL reports over 600 closings or delays today. That figure however takes in more than just the City.

Lancaster Catholic High School, Lancaster County Academy, and Lancaster Country Day School are closed today. The School District of Lancaster and the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) are also closed today.

A variety of businesses have also closed today. If you have to go out today, call ahead and make sure your destination is even open. While local radio stations and television stations are a great resource for closures, not every businesses is included there. For example, Universal Athletic Club has closed for the day, according to their website and Facebook. Businesses that normally remain open during storms are also closing, like Savemart.

Commonwealth on Queen is opening at 9 a.m. this morning – perfect treat for those able to walk there! Fractured Prune is closed. The Prince Street Café is closed until they can dig out, according to their Facebook. Sophie Stargazer Boutique is also closed. The Lancaster YMCA is also closed today.

Amtrak will operate on a modified schedule today. The Keystone Service – which services our area here – may have reduced trains today. Passengers with travel plans can confirm their train's status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.com, smart phone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service Alerts, Passenger Notices and other announcements are posted at www.Amtrak.com/alerts. RRTA is also closed for the day. There will be no bus service or Access Shared Ride Service.

As we all shovel out from this latest winter storm, some are not so fortunate. Winter has taken its toll on everyone, including shelters. The Water Street Ministries has released a list of “immediate needs.” The list is too long to print here in its entirety but reads can go to www.wsm.org/needs to view it. It includes food, toiletries, items for babies and children, specific items for women, items specifically for men, medical items, dental items and miscellaneous items. The Collection Center is located on Conestoga Street at Prince Street.

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