While York County is starting off the new year with a winter storm, the area is actually in the middle of the snow season, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.
"You typically get snow this early in (January)," said Tony Mach, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service. "December, January and February are the snowiest period for the area, and January is in the middle of that."
York County was expected to get between 4 and 6 inches of snow Thursday, according to Mach and Bob Smerbeck, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.
The area averages about 8.9 inches of snow in January, said Mach and Bryan Edwards, an AccuWeather meteorologist.
Thursday's snow forced roadways to close and wreaked havoc for motorists.
Because of the winter storm, Rabbit Transit public transportation buses stopped running routes at several local areas, including the Colony Park, Stony Brook Manor and Penn State York routes.
Rabbit Transit's Route 83N Express bus which provides trips to and from Harrisburg, experienced long delays in getting passengers to their destinations because of slick road conditions, according to the company's website.
While the county recovers from the storm, Smerbeck warns that the weather that comes after the snow will be extreme.
After starting the morning at about 10 degrees, Friday's temperatures will rise to about 16 degrees with gusty winds blowing at 20 to 30 miles per hour. AccuWeather's RealFeel Temperature -- a wind chill and heat index -- indicates the weather will feel as though temperatures are in the minus teens in the morning and 10 below in the afternoon hours, Smerbeck said.
"We're looking at a brutal combination of wind and cold," he added. "Friday looks like a decent chance to get down below zero. We're forecasting a low of minus 1."
The temperature record for a overnight Friday into Saturday is zero in 1981. York County could break that record this weekend, Smerbeck said.
Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high of 29 degrees, compared to January's normal high of 40, he said.
The low temperature for Saturday night will be around the 20s, Mach said.
Rain and light snow accumulation -- less than an inch -- are in the forecast for Sunday with high temperatures in the upper 30s, he said. Light rain and snow also are expected after midnight Sunday, according to Mach.
Both Mach and Smerbeck said Monday and Tuesday will be extremely cold.
"The coldest it's been in 20 years," Mach said. "A high pressure center over central Canada will bring very cold arctic air in over the states."
Monday will start with temperatures around 30 degrees before dipping to the upper teens by the afternoon and remaining that way throughout the day, Smerbeck said.
Monday night's temperature is expected to be 1 below zero, he added.
"We may be seeing extremely dangerously cold weather," Smerbeck said. "You have to be dressed for the Arctic. Wear the biggest, thickest coat you can find. You don't want to be unprepared. The wind is going to be a factor Monday night. It's going to feel 25 to 30 below zero."