White Christmas came a day late for York County as a fresh blanket of snow and near white-out conditions greeted morning commuters on their drives back to work Thursday.

The winter weather slowed traffic and had York County Control fielding crash reports from across the area, but roads were lightly traveled as schools are closed for winter break and some offices remained closed for the holidays.

For a list of active accidents, go here.

Little of the 1 to 2 inches of snow forecast for the York area was expected to stick around by Thursday night.

The National Weather Service in State College had predicted snow showers for the area Thursday, but meteorologist Craig Evanego said the quick-moving system would drop as much as 2 inches on most of York before moving out of the area around brunch.

The sun was expected to peek through by afternoon and melt much of what had fallen. High temperatures were expected to reach the upper 30s Thursday before dropping into the low 20s overnight into Friday.

Friday was expected to be clear with a high around 40 and low in the low 20s. Saturday is forecast to be mild, with a high temperature in the upper 40s.

More precipitation is in the forecast for Sunday, but Evanego said the mild temperatures likely mean it will take the form of rain.

The forecast is clear for New Year's Eve, but those planning to attend outdoor celebrations should dress for warmth. Conditions are expected to be mostly sunny and cold, with highs in the low 30s and a low around 19. For New Year's Day, the high temperature should be around 36.


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- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.