Rain over the weekend brought some respite from the threat of brush fires the county has seen of late.
But Steve Tawney, chief of Strinestown Fire Department, said people still need to abide by burn bans that may be in effect in their municipalities.
"The problem is, if it doesn't rain for two weeks, it'll be dry when the burn ban (is supposed) to come off," he said.
But the rain, and a lot of it, has dampened the ground enough - for now at least. On Sunday, roughly an inch of rain fell on York County, said Kevin Fitzgerald, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College.
"This is a beneficial rain," he said.
Snow: The weather system that brought rain to York County is bringing snow to the western part of the state through Tuesday.
Somerset is expected to receive about a foot of snow, Fitzgerald said. The farthest east the snow is expected to reach is the Williamsport area, which could see a couple of inches of the spring snow.
As for York County, expect temperatures on Monday to be in the low 50s at best, said Tom Kines, meteorologist for Accuweather, with more rain showers into the evening and overnight temperatures in the lower 30s.
"Even on Tuesday there will probably be more clouds than sun, with temperatures in the mid- to upper-50s," he said. "And it will be windy on Tuesday."
The chilly April weather is an adjustment following an unusually mild March. Temperatures in March were an average of 49.4 degrees, but so far the average temperature in April is a mere 51.8 degrees.
"Our normal highs right now are upper 60s, and we might have one day this week in the upper 60s but in general we're talking about cooler temperatures," Kines said.
Bans: During the height of the dry, warm conditions that prompted a number of municipalities in York and Adams counties to issue burn bans, there were two large woods fires.
A discarded cigar a passing motorist tossed out the window caused a smaller brush fire along Sheep Bridge Road near Bremer Road in Conewago Township on April 10.
A little over an acre of underbrush burned, as did some trees, in that blaze.
While rain has lessened the chances for brush fires, Tawney said the biggest help has been the bans. Most people heed the warning and stop burning outdoors.
"They usually (stop burning) once they're heard about (the ban)," he said.
Some burn bans, such as the one issued in Conewago Township, expire 30 days after first being issued, said Steve Tawney, chief of Strinestown Fire Department.
While the Conewago Township burn ban is set to expire on May 11, Tawney is advising residents to call the township building at 266-2122 to see if it has been lifted or extended before they burn outside after that date.
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