Snow emergency: Chambersburg’s City Hall closed tomorrow

Chambersburg’s City Hall and most other borough offices will be closed to the public during Thursday’s snow storm.

Chambersburg will be hit with 5-9″ of wet snow as the storm moves across the county tonight and tomorrow, according to National Weather Service meteorologists in State College.

The storm front will hit Franklin County at around midnight, moving southwest to northeast. The heaviest snowfall will probably be Thursday morning, with about an inch falling every hour in the morning, NWS said.

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Chambersburg Mayor Walter Bietsch is expected to declare a snow emergency from 4 a.m. Thursday until 4 a.m. During the snow emergency, only essential travel is recommended.

Borough facilities, including its utilities, will remain operational during the storm, however, Borough Manager Jeff Stonehill said.

Chambersburg's City Hall closed
Looking down Tolbert Avenue in Chambersburg following a previous snow storm. (FCFP photo)

‘Confident boro can manage storm’

“The storm may not be a significant event, but the heaviest snow is supposed to be during the weekday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Stonehill said. “It makes opening the offices more challenging.”

Although at this time NWS is predicting 5-9 inches for Chambersburg, Stonehill believes actual snowfall will be closer to 3-5 inches. He also expects plenty of breaks in the snowfall and maybe some sleet in the afternoon.

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“We are confident that the Borough can manage this storm,” he said.

Residents can contact the 24/7 Service Center for any issues associated with utilities, utility billing, snow, streets, or public works. The center’s phone number is (717) 263-4111. Residents can also email [email protected]

The Borough Highway Department will begin snow removal operations early on Thursday morning. Additional employees, not involved in snow and ice clearing for utility departments may be called in on the Borough snow emergency

Assistant Borough Manager Dave Finch is in charge of the Highway Department. He can be reached at [email protected] to answer questions about snow and ice removal operations.

Sanitation collection will likely not be impacted by the storm due to the time of its arrival.

Snow rules for the borough can be found on the borough’s website.

The Borough will resume normal operations at 4 a.m. Friday.

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