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Worst of Winter Storm Stella expected to end before Wednesday commute

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A Swatara Township plow crosses 61St Street on Tuesday morning.
A Swatara Township plow crosses 61St Street on Tuesday morning. - (Photo / )

The brunt of Winter Storm Stella should be over well before the start of Wednesday's morning commute, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

Steady snowfall is expected to end around much of the midstate by 8 p.m. Tuesday, with showers overnight resulting in less than an inch of additional accumulation, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow could continue to blow across roads through Thursday, and cold temperatures are expected to stick around for the remainder of the work week. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 27 degrees Wednesday, 32 degrees Thursday and 37 degrees Friday.

Winter Storm Stella brought the midstate's first significant snowfall of the season, dropping as much as 2 inches of snow per hour early Tuesday around Harrisburg, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulation had already exceeded a foot by noon.

Many midstate municipalities declared snow emergencies starting Monday night, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation lowered speed limits and placed other restrictions on major roadways. Gov. Tom Wolf also urged drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

If the forecast holds true, though, many employees will likely find themselves digging out for Wednesday's commute, and city residents taking advantage of free snow emergency parking areas might need to move their cars come morning. 

Stella's slideshow

We asked our snowed-in reporters and readers to share their Winter Storm Stella photos with us on social media.

Leo, a golden doodle residing in Central Pennsylvania, shared his snowy adventure on Instagram:

Here's what others were seeing today.

A view of West Chestnut Street in Lancaster City
A view of West Chestnut Street in Lancaster City - (Photo / )

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Jason March 14, 2017 5:55 pm

Chuck, Chuck. Did a Stella give you the cold shoulder once? I think it is handy to reference the storm more easily...and it certainly has made it more dramatic and fun. I did not know the Weather Channel named it. But what's the problem if they did? At least it is not named "Winter Storm Diet Coke" or something like that...(let's not give them any ideas, I guess!).

Chuck Anziulewicz March 14, 2017 3:53 pm

Winter Storm "Stella"? What gave you the impression that this snow had a name? Hurricanes and typhoons have names, given by the appropriate government agency. Just because The Weather Channel has decided to name the snow as a publicity stunt doesn't mean you should indulge them.

TWC’s Tom Niziol attempted to deflect the criticism: “One reason we’re doing this, simply put, is we can. We cover weather on a national scale. By ascribing a name to a weather system that’s gonna create those types of impacts, we can follow it right across the country.”

THAT’S their answer? “We do it because we CAN”?? And the only way the personalities at TWC can keep their eye on a weather system is to give it some kind of cute name? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.