As Yorkers get a taste of -1 degree wind chills this week, the bitter cold is forecast to stick around until after a storm drops 2 to 4 inches of snow on the area Friday.

Mid-to-late January is climatologically the area's coldest time of year, said Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. But this unusually cold weather is expected to break by next week.

Wednesday's expected high of around 20 degrees would be the lowest high temperature the area has logged since Jan. 30, 2010, when the York Airport recorded a high temperature of 19 degrees, Evanego said. Temperatures will dip to around 11 overnight Wednesday, when the area is forecast to get an inch or less of snow, Evanego said.

Tim Swartz of Gettysburg shields himself from the wind Tuesday between pillars at the York County Judicial Center in downtown York City. The wind chill
Tim Swartz of Gettysburg shields himself from the wind Tuesday between pillars at the York County Judicial Center in downtown York City. The wind chill made temperatures in the 20s feel closer to 0 degrees. Snow is expected Friday. (Bill Kalina photo)

There's little accumulation expected by Thursday, which has a high of 25 and low around 10.

The storm: But a more substantial snow is coming, carried by a low-pressure system moving in from the Southern states. The storm is expected to start by Friday's evening commute and continue through the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning, Evanego said. The fast-moving system could drop between 2 to 4 inches before it moves into the Atlantic Ocean, he said.

Friday's forecast high is near 25, with an overnight low around 18.

The snowmen should be safe through Saturday, with a below-freezing high near 30 and a low around 16.

The average high temperature for the York area this time of year is in the upper-30s, which the York area should achieve next week, Evanego said.

Sunday is expected to have a high near 32 and low around 20. Monday's high should be near 36, with a low around 27. And Tuesday's forecast high of 42 is slightly higher than the average.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.