Hueter s Greenhouse employee Greg Moomaw transplants succulents   including a flapjack, foreground   at the Springettsbury Township business on Monday.
Hueter s Greenhouse employee Greg Moomaw transplants succulents including a flapjack, foreground at the Springettsbury Township business on Monday. Workers there were moving plants indoors as frost-causing temperatures approach. (Bill Kalina photo)

Get out your coats and turn on the heat.

The National Weather Service is predicting a two-week cold surge for the region that will blanket York in below-average temperatures.

"York temperatures will struggle to get out of the 50s, and it will be in the 30s and 20s at night," said meteorologist Paul Head.

There's 60 percent more ice in the Arctic Ocean this year, which is pushing colder air into the U.S., he said.

The first surge of cold air will hit York on Wednesday, when temperatures will drop from the high 60s to the low 50s.

Temperatures will remain in the low 50s through the weekend and warm up slightly to the high 50s on Monday and Tuesday.

Then another cold surge is expected to move in Wednesday, Oct. 30, bringing temperatures in the low 50s that will last another three to five days, Head said.

"We will finish October cold," he said.

Remember de-icing: AccuWeather is advising motorists to allow for extra time in the morning to de-ice their vehicles and warning residents to protect outdoor flowers and plants from frost.

These warnings are coming a little early for the area.

Temperatures in the low 50s are about 12 degrees below average for York County. The average for late October is about 63 degrees.

Whether the area should expect a colder winter is unclear. Because of the government shutdown, the National Weather Service's winter outlook is delayed until next month, Head said.

"But if this pattern of Arctic air continues, we'll be getting a colder-than-normal winter," he said.

The good news is a colder pattern doesn't normally mean a wetter winter.

"But it could mean a whiter one. We get more snow than rain with colder patterns," Head said.

York County has seen an abnormal weather pattern this month.

October started off about 10 degrees above average, with temperatures hovering in the low 80s, and then heavy rain dumped about 10 inches of rain and flooded many parts of the county.

"People may remember it as a cold, wet October but, at the beginning of the month, it was very warm," Head said.

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