Ryan Jacobs started work at 4 a.m. Thursday to get an early start on clearing snow off his clients' properties.

But he found himself battling the storm that dropped about a foot of snow on York County.

"But the snow just kept coming and I had to keep going back and forth over the same areas I cleared," said Jacobs, of Hanover. "At first it was light and fluffy. Then it started raining and it really got bad. It wasn't fun anymore."

Still working: Jacobs owns Ryan's Landscaping, which does snow removal for local businesses, condominium associations and residences.

By 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jacobs was still clearing snow as the second storm got started. He said he and his two-man crew expected to finally finish work between midnight Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.

Even as snow continued piling, Emmanuel Tsogas knew he would open his restaurant for business in York City. The Red Lion resident owns Stadium Grille at 133 N. Duke St.

"I was thinking that other businesses would be closed and our customer-base is the neighborhood within walking distance of my business, Tsogas said. "Most of my employees were able to walk to work, and my cook opened the door and got things started."

Customers come out: Stadium Grille opened at 7 a.m. Thursday with a few customers stopping by. However, business picked up around 10:30 a.m. and customers kept the staff busy through the evening, Tsogas said.

Many people were surprised the restaurant was open, he said. However, there was one glitch.

"We ran out of beer," Tsogas said. "The delivery truck couldn't come. We expect to be re-stocked (Friday)."

Customer traffic started out slow when Liquid Hero Brewery opened at 4 p.m. Thursday at 50 E. North St. in the city, said owner Christian Quinlivan of Manchester Township.

"Right when we opened, there was a customer coming in," he said. "We have an employee that lives next door, so we were able to get started as we usually would."

More customers started arriving in the early evening, Quinlivan said.

"We were back to our normal atmosphere," he said. "All were in good spirits and happy."