10:30 a.m. update: York County and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania are now under a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

The area is expected to get 2-4 inches of snow and 1/10 to 1/4 inch of ice from this storm, with snow beginning Tuesday night and changing to sleet and freezing rain in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, the NWS said. A transition to rain or freezing rain is expected by noon Wednesday.

Previous story: York County will have little time to recover from Monday's snowstorm as a wintry mix of rain, snow and sleet is expected to hit the area Tuesday night.

"This is the snowy chunk of winter, February and into March," said Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.

"What we got (on Monday), we're going to build on that."

The county just received between 4 and 8 inches of snow, with 8 inches reported in Red Lion, he said.

The National Weather Service reports the county received 6 to 8 inches of snow, according to Kevin Fitzgerald, senior meteorologist.

Snow and ice: Starting between 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, the county could get 1 to 3 inches of snow into early Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for York from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

At some point, the snow will transition into a wintry mix of freezing rain - about a quarter inch of it - and sleet, causing icy conditions that can be dangerous for mobility, including walking and driving, according to Sosnowski.


Advertisement

"It's going to be another rough day for a lot of people trying to get into work Wednesday and with school (transportation) issues," he said.

The National Weather Service calls for 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet, followed by a couple tenths of an inch of ice accumulation, said meteorologist Craig Evanego. Accumulations depend on how quickly the snow changes over to sleet and freezing rain overnight, he said.

"It's going to be a messy morning," Evanego said.

Precipitation should wind down Wednesday morning and could end as a light rain, he said.

Looking ahead to the weekend, York could see another storm come in late Saturday or Sunday, Evanego said. Since, in weather terms, it's still so far out, he didn't have many details.

"It looks like more than likely, we'll see something this weekend," Evanego said.

The game plan: Another issue is snow remaining on trees and power lines from Monday will not have time to melt, and treated roads won't dry in time to take on additional snow and ice from the wintry mix on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sosnowski said.

Before any snow fell, Met-Ed and PennDOT already had their plans set.

The power company will continue to monitor the weather forecast and adjust its plans, which involve additional resources and tree crews, said spokeswoman Kathy Seilhamer.

"We have begun our plan and prepared as we would for any anticipated event with analysis of the impending weather and the impact to our system," she said.

Seilhamer reminds customers that during ice events, there tend to be a higher number of wires on the ground. In that case, they should keep a safe distance and alert emergency personnel immediately, she said.

PennDOT crews were out at 4 a.m. Tuesday making sure roads were safe, said spokesman Greg Penny.

"The intent is to basically get ready for the storm tonight," he said.

Equipment operators will come in at the start of the storm and be there all day Wednesday, Penny said.

"The concern is for the ice and just for us to be out there ahead of time with the salt and the plow to help treat it," he said.

It's better to have ice come on top of the snow than directly onto the road first, Penny said.

"I think it's manageable," he said. "It's just that it's still going to be a messy commute on Wednesday morning."

But rest assured, Penny said: Although some stores and municipalities are starting to run short on salt, PennDOT's stockpiles are still in good shape.

Snowfall: Including Monday's snow, the county has received about 34 inches of snow this winter, though the average is about 13 inches, according to Sosnowski.

For February the average is 8.1 inches of snow, said Brian Edwards, also an AccuWeather Inc. meteorologist.

He said the area has been getting heavy snowfall because snowstorms coming from the south are picking up extra moisture for precipitation from the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to that weather shift, weather systems from the northwest were bringing in cold conditions but less snow, Edwards said.

The high temperature Tuesday will be in the low to mid-30s with lows in the upper 20s, Fitzgerald said. Wednesday will have high temperatures near the mid-30s with lows in the upper teens.

-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.