Thursday morning's snow might have caused some slippery roads, but the powdery dusting was hardly back-breaking for shovelers.

The same dry conditions that spared York from a heavy snow Thursday are expected to keep accumulations light during a storm moving in Friday afternoon.

Previously forecast for 2 to 4 inches, the fast-moving storm is expected to drop only an inch or two of the white stuff before hustling out of the area, said John LaCorte, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

So York is likely to barely have enough snow to cover the grass, even when added to the Thursday dusting that might not melt in the below-freezing high temperatures forecast until Monday.

Wendy Frock of Roundtop Mountain Sports discusses how to stay warm in a york-dispatch.com video.
Wendy Frock of Roundtop Mountain Sports discusses how to stay warm in a york-dispatch.com video. (Bil Bowden photo)

Widespread light snow is expected to start in the latter half of the afternoon Friday, with an inch or two falling before tapering off in the predawn hours Saturday.

"It's so dry, there's an incredibly small amount of liquid water coming out of the atmosphere," LaCorte said.

Higher temps ahead: Forecasters are still expecting the below-average temperatures to moderate early next week, he said.

The average high temperature for this time of year is the high 30s, which York isn't expected to see until Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to climb to around freezing Monday, with "bonafide warm air" by Tuesday, with a high in the mid-40s, LaCorte said.

-- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.