Snow is expected to hit York County and much of the northeastern seaboard later this week.

But it remains to be seen if Yorkers will need a simple shovel or a mighty snowblower to clear snow from driveways and sidewalks.

York County can expect snow Thursday into Friday, said Bill Gartner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

An exact inch estimate is not yet available, but York will probably see several inches of snow in that time frame, he said.

With a relatively warm Thursday, the precipitation will probably begin as a mix before changing into snow during the afternoon and evening, said Paul Walker, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

"We're thinking it's not a big storm, a 1-to-3 type storm here in York in terms of snow amounts," he said.

Mixed precipitation, paired with a chilling Friday, could make for slick spots on the roads, Walker said.

Still, it appears southcentral Pennsylvania will be spared the brunt of the storm, said Dave Samuel, AccuWeather meteorologist.

"It looks like the sweet spot could be north of you in the northeastern part of the state," he said.

While it's too early to say how much snow is heading for York, New England and parts of New York state are expected to receive 1 to 2 feet of fresh powder, according to AccuWeather.

Models: On Monday, AccuWeather released two scenarios of two storms expected to hit the East Coast.

One scenario shows little or no snow for York and surrounding counties, while the other shows the area at the outer edge of a major snowstorm. It appears, Samuel said, the scenario that features snow for our area is the one that's going to play out.

"It's almost a question of where" large amounts of snow will fall, he said.

The ingredients for snow are forming. The temperature will drop as the week progresses.

On New Year's Eve, expect partially sunny skies with a high of 36 and nighttime low of 19. New Year's Day will also have a high of 36, and Thursday will warm up a bit to 37, according to AccuWeather. Then the temperature will drop and any precipitation will change over to snow.

Friday's high is expected to be 16, with a low of just 2 degrees, according to AccuWeather.