Chambersburg residents should prepare for “significant” accumulation

CHAMBERSBURG—Borough of Chambersburg residents should prepare now for the impending storm, according to borough officials.

Due to the winter storm warning released by the National Weather Service, the Borough of Chambersburg will close Borough Hall and all borough buildings beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with plans to reopen the facilities to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The borough’s customer service center will remain operational and can be reached by calling 717-263-4111. Citizens with snow plowing or utility issues are encouraged to call the customer service center.

Utility issues should be directed to the 24/7 customer service center during that period.

Emergencies should be directed to 911.

Meanwhile, borough crews are prepared to handle the storm.

“As of today, all borough vehicles and equipment are prepared to address and respond to the snowstorm,” said Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill.

The National Weather Service in State College predicts that a 98% chance that the Chambersburg area will receive more than 8 inches of snow, with an 87% chance the region could see more than a foot.

“Citizens are asked to avoid any travel whatsoever beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16,” Stonehill said. “It will be unsafe to travel even short distances during the height of this storm. Staying safe and at home is the best plan.”

Stonehill said it will take borough staff at least 24 hours to remove significant accumulation if the storm is as large as predicted.

“It is unlikely that the town will be fully cleared before Friday, Dec. 18, at the earliest,” Stonehill said. “Therefore, please make sure you have whatever supplies are needed to stay home for 24 to 72 hours.”