Robert Sturgill and Kat Phillips don't normally wash their cars in the winter.
But as the harsh, cold temperatures and snow gave way to a sunny sky and slightly warmer temperatures over the weekend, the Dover man and the Wilmington, Del., woman found themselves at Anderson's Car Wash in Dover Township washing the caked on salt off their cars.
"My red (car) shows the salt a lot," Sturgill said of his Saturn sedan.
The snowy and icy winter has meant a lot of cars have taken on an off-white, almost gray color, remnants of salt used to treat the roads in York County.
Nearly all of the bays at the 3041 Carlisle Road car wash were filled Sunday with drivers trying to bring out their car's true colors.
And they weren't alone.
Booming: Andrew Diller, general manager of Mister Hotshine Car Wash in Springettsbury Township, said business was booming over the weekend.
With snow seemingly coming every couple of days, he said, motorists were itching for a chance to wash the salt off their cars, and they did just that on Saturday when temperatures were in the mid 50s.
About 1,400 vehicles rolled through the 2720 E. Market St. car wash for a quick cleaning that day, he said, adding the center typically sees between 1,200 and 1,500 cars on a busy day.
"The biggest thing has been people trying to get the salt off," Diller said. "The (anti-skid) chemical is so corrosive people just want to get it off their cars."
But that clean car shine might not last long.
More, but likely not much, snow is on its way back into the county later this week, a forecaster said.
Winter is (maybe) back: There is a 20 percent chance of snow showers on Tuesday, which will otherwise be mostly cloudy with a high near 33 and a low around 21, according to the National Weather Service.
There is also another system that could bring light snowfall to York on Wednesday, meteorologist Craig Evanego said.
The storm is expected to move out to sea, but if its track changes, the area could see heavier snowfall, he said.
Either way, expect below freezing temperatures on Wednesday. The weather service says the high will be 29 and the nighttime low will dip to 11.
With March at the end of the week, the snow and cold temperatures will soon be gone, he said.
"The light's at the end of the tunnel, but we do have a cold week ahead of us here," Evanego said.
Staff writer Mollie Durkin contributed to this report.
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