Yorkers won't have to combat the arctic temperatures much longer, as the county will see temperatures rise more than 50 degrees by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
In York, temperatures could rise to the mid- to upper 50s by Saturday, said Aaron Tyburski, a meteorologist at the service's State College office.
Rain will accompany the warm temperatures, starting Saturday and continuing overnight into Sunday, when Tyburski expects the rain to leave the area.
But even when the rain leaves, the warmer temperatures will stick around, at least for a few days: Tyburski said the 50-degree weather should stay through Monday, with temperatures Tuesday dipping only slightly.
Tyburski said the arctic blast Yorkers endured for several days this week, which closed schools and caused an onslaught of frozen pipes, will simply drift north where it belongs.
"The core of cold air is relaxing back to the north where it's happy," Tyburski said.
Warm relief: The weather pattern that forced the cold air into central Pennsylvania will ease up in the next few days, Tyburski said, allowing the frigid temperatures to stay in northern areas where the subzero temperatures are more common.
Spokesmen at both Memorial Hospital and York Hospital said there were no patients treated for weather-related ailments such as frostbite or hypothermia Tuesday night.
With the easing of cold temperatures also comes a relaxed demand on energy: Met-Ed asked consumers to limit their energy use Tuesday, especially from 3 to 6 p.m., to ease the demand on the power grid, according to spokesman Scott Surgeoner. But Surgeoner said that request has been lifted for Wednesday as temperatures start to rise.
For Wednesday, cold weather gear will still be required: The service forecasts a high of 23 degrees throughout the day, with increasing clouds covering the region. Temperatures are forecast to be around 30 degrees Thursday, warming gradually until the weekend.
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