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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Feb. 20, 2019 — Today’s snowstorm is turning out to be all that was promised by weather forecasters, and perhaps more.

Snow had been falling steadily since early morning, laying down about five inches of the fluffy white stuff at one location in Guilford Township by noon.

In Greene Township, just under eight inches of snow was reported by noon and it had begun to sleet.

Waynesboro declared a snow emergency at noon, to be in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.

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Thunder snow reported

Residents in Waynesboro reported hearing thunder this morning as the snow fell.

Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thundersnowstorm, is an unusual kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain, according to Wikipedia.

Roads throughout the area are reportedly in poor shape as municipal road crews around the county struggle to keep at least the main roads passable.

Mail was still being delivered and police investigated numerous traffic accidents throughout the county as the day long storm took its toll.

Mail delivered, businesses

Most area businesses have closed, from Brussels Café in downtown Chambersburg to Mason Dixon Barbeque Services on the southern end of the county and Aldi’s in Shippensburg.

Owners at Grocery Outlet in Guilford Township sent employees home at about 9 a.m., but stayed open until noon themselves.

With schools throughout the county closed, it is also a snow day for students and teachers.The storm is expected to transition to an icy mix of snow and sleet this afternoon, laying a layer of slick ice over the snow.

Freezing rain tonight

The National Weather Service has updated its weather report for the local area, now calling for freezing rain before 11pm, then rain or freezing rain between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of rain after 2am.

The low will be around 30 tonight, with southeast winds of five to seven mikes an hour becoming calm after midnight.

The chance of precipitation is 100 percent tonight with new ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

Accidents have prompted Penn Dot to issue travel warnings and urge people to stay off the roads the rest if the day and tonight.

Coming Sunday: 58 degrees

The bright spot In the horizon is that daytime highs the rest of the month will be in the 40s or better. With a high of 46 tomorrow and 58 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service advises planning on difficult travel conditions Into the overnight hours.

In other words, just plan on staying in tonight also.

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

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