At least the first part of the adage "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" will likely hold true this year.

A forecaster says colder than normal temperatures will usher out February and more cold and snow are in the forecast for York County on the first day of March on Saturday.

"I think it's going to come in a bit like a lion," said Alyson Hoegg, a meteorologist with AccuWeather. "There's a potential for some wintry weather that could disrupt travel plans or plans for outside activities this weekend."

Snow, which has the potential to mix with ice or rain, is expected to start Sunday and could last late into the day Monday, she said.

Though it's too early to say exactly how much snow is on the way, Hoegg said it could range anywhere from a light coating to a few inches.

The storm could impact much of the mid-Atlantic region of the country.

"It will be a long ranging system," she said.

Salt on the way: To deal with the potential for more snow, Gov. Tom Corbett today directed the state Department of Transportation to send dozens of trucks to a Wilmington, Del., port to pick up road salt and restock depleted supplies here.

"The pattern of multiple storms hitting Pennsylvania in recent weeks has forced PennDOT to use salt much more quickly than in recent years," Corbett said.


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From now until Tuesday, commercial haulers are expected to deliver 20,000 tons of salt to three staging areas in the Philadelphia, Allentown and Harrisburg regions.

Those areas were the most heavily impacted and are in most need of resupply. Trucks will be deployed around the clock to complete the deliveries.

Through mid-February, PennDOT had used just over 988,000 tons of salt across the state, nearly 32 percent more than what was used over the same period, on average, over the past five years.

Cold: A dipping jet stream will bring colder than normal temperatures to the county through the end of the week, Hoegg said.

The average temperature this time of the year is close to 50, but the thermometer is not expected to get past the freezing mark.

The high on Wednesday is expected to be 28 with a low of 6 at night. Thursday won't be much warmer, when a high of 29 is expected and an even colder low of 4 at night, according to AccuWeather.

Friday will be colder yet with a high of 20 expected and a nighttime low of 11. The cold is expected to give way to slightly warmer temperatures Saturday when a high of 34, and snow or flurries are expected, Hoegg said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.