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FRANKLIN COUNTY, February 11, 2019 — Punxsutawney Phil might have predicted an early spring when he didn’t see his shadow earlier this month, but Old Man Winter apparently didn’t get the word, or at least he doesn’t plan to slink away quietly .

Local residents woke up this morning to slick roads and one and three inches of wet, heavy snow on the ground.

Schools, senior centers and libraries across South-Central Pennsylvania closed today and could remain closed tomorrow if the area gets the ice and sleet predicted tonight and tomorrow morning.

While last night’s snowfall wasn’t heavy in most areas of the county, it was wet, creating slick, dangerous road conditions, especially on secondary roads.

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The National Weather Service predicts heavy snow this afternoon with the high (33°F) hovering at or just above freezing.

We could get another two to four inches of snow before nightfall.

Tomorrow might be a real problem for motorists or anyone needing to be out and about, thanks to freezing rain and sleet predicted for tonight.

The one to three inches of ice predicted to accumulate before morning will just be a base for more to come Tuesday morning in the form of freezing rain.

The good news is that rising temperatures in the afternoon will turn the nasty slush into rain.

Even then, we won’t be escaping winter’s frigid grip most of this month, according to NWS.

Snow, mostly in the form of night time flurries followed by rain, could continue through the end of the month.

Today’s closings included all of Franklin County’s school districts and private schools, all libraries in the Franklin County Library System, Shippensburg University, Penn State Mont Alto campus, Franklin County’s senior activities centers, the AARP Tax Aide program in Chambersburg, Occupational Services Inc., Trinity Lutheran Church, Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.

Wilson College in Chambersburg opened two hours late this morning and announced “a liberal leave policy” was in effect for the rest of the day.

Here is the National Weather Service’s forecast for the rest of this week:

Tonight
Freezing rain and sleet. Low around 30. East wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday
Freezing rain before 1pm, then rain. High near 34. East wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night
Rain before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday
A chance of snow showers before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
Thursday Night
A chance of snow before 1am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday Night
Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 39

Vicky Taylor can be reached at 717-372-0079 or by email at info@fcfreepress.com

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