1 p.m. update: York County and the rest of central Pennsylvania have a winter storm warning, in effect from 5 a.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

The area will receive 5-8 inches of snow, possibly changing to sleet and freezing rain Saturday night in the lower Susquehanna Valley, the service said.

The snow is expected to begin around sunrise Saturday and be heaviest in the afternoon and evening, the warning notice said.

Travel is expected to be hazardous during the storm, and visibility will be cut to less than a mile Saturday afternoon during the height of the storm, the NWS said.

6 a.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for York County and the rest of central Pennsylvania, beginning late Friday and lasting until late Saturday night.

A significant winter storm will drop 6-8 inches of snow on the area, and an icy glaze is possible on top of that, the NWS said.

Snow will begin Saturday morning, with the heaviest snowfall in the afternoon and evening, the watch said. Sleet and freezing rain could mix in as the storm dies down Saturday night.

Hazardous travel conditions are expected, the service said.

Previously reported: Saturday will be snow day for York County, meteorologists predict.

"(Snowfall) won't be as heavy as last Sunday, but enough to cause road problems," said Dave Samuhel, meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.

"Everything that falls will stick. It will be very cold."

The county could get 2 to 4 inches of snow, he said.


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Snowfall is expected to begin between 8 and 9 a.m. and continue through the afternoon before turning into a wintery mix of snow, sleet and rain in the evening, Evanego said.

The National Weather Service also has early Saturday snow in its forecast, according to Craig Evanego, senior meteorologist. The county may see sleet or freezing rain before the snow event ends by Saturday evening.

The temperature is expected to stay in the low 30s throughout the day and night, Evanego said.

"Looks like everything will be clearing out by Sunday," he said. "There's no snow (expected) for Sunday."

Sunday's high temperature will be around the mid 30s, Evanego said.

Samuhel said the Sunday high will be about 39 degrees.

"It will melt some of the snow," he said. "Then it will below freezing Sunday night, 18 degrees. You'll probably see refreezing of wet spots."

Samuhel said Monday will be "quiet, but cold" with no snow in the forecast, though temperatures are expected to be near 30 degrees.

Time for tubing: Snowfall may not be great for the roadways, but it's definitely welcomed at AvalancheXpress, the snow tubing operation at Heritage Hills Golf Resort at 2700 Mount Rose Ave. in York Township.

Friday marked the start of snow tubing and ice skating season at AvalancheXpress.

With the recent snow and cold weather, the winter attraction is in pretty good condition to start off the season strong, said Melissa Beaverson, director of marketing at Heritage Hill's Golf Resort.

"The recent snow will definitely have people in the snow-tubing mood," she said. "When the forecast has temperatures in the low 30s, high 20s, it's favorable for us to keep the base of snow on the hill."

AvalancheXpress also has been making and blowing snow on the hill to prepare for its season, which runs eight to 12 weeks depending on the weather, Beaverson said.

"People definitely get excited about being here when they start seeing snow on the ground," she said.

AvalancheXpress will open its snow tubing and ice skating season at 4 p.m. Friday at 2700 Mount Rose Ave. in York Township.

Regular operating hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets and season passes can be purchased at the AvalancheXpress or online at www.avalanchexpress.com.

For information, call 877-782-9752.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.