Old Man Winter arrived five days late, dumping 6 to 8 inches of snow on southern parts of York County.

"After the mild winter we've had, I wasn't expecting a spring storm," said Nora Stambaugh.

Stambaugh, a 62-year-old Springfield Township resident, was filling up her gas tank and looking for rock salt at Rutter's in Loganville on Monday morning.

"I wasn't ready for this. I figured it was going to blow over like the other big snow we were supposed to get," she said.

Predictions: At the beginning of the month, forecasters predicted the county would get hit with as much as 10 inches of snow, but the majority of the region received little more than a dusting.

Monday's storm was a little easier to predict, said Brett Thackara, a meteorologist with WHTM abc27.

"It's a different kind of weather system than the one at the beginning of March. This storm isn't mixing with as much warm air. There are colder temperatures now than there were at the beginning of March," he said.

Between 10 a.m. and noon, the snow will slow down before mixing with sleet and rain, Thackara said.

Accumulation will end around noon, with most of the county receiving 2 to 5 inches of snow. But southern parts of the county, including Dallastown, Hanover, Shrewsbury and Stewartstown, will receive a little more, he said.

"We're already hearing reports of more than 6 inches in Stewartstown and 8 inches in Hanover," Thackara said Monday morning.

A surprise: Bob Michael, 57, said he had at least 6 inches on his back porch in Glen Rock.

"I was surprised. I thought maybe we'd get an inch or 2, but nothing like this," he said.

Thackara agreed that, though it's not unheard of, it is unusual to see snow this late in the year.

"It's a rare event to have a measurable, plowable snow the week before Easter," he said.

But there's still some hope for the holiday weekend, Thackara said.

It will warm up to the low 50s during the rest of the week, and sun will poke through the clouds.

"The low 50s are slightly below normal for this time of year, but at least it will be sunny," he said. "We expect warmer temperatures to kick in the second week of April."

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.