York likely won't have long to thaw out before more winter weather hits the area.

After the county received a foot of snow last week, Saturday's storm dumped an additional 2 to 3.5 inches of snow and ice throughout the region, said Paul Head, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, Pa.

And more snow could be on the way.

The forecast: The week will begin with a slight chance of snow showers from Monday night into Tuesday morning, he said.

But by next weekend, Head said, warmer temperatures will move in, and York will probably see significant amounts of rain instead of ice and snow.

"All this beautiful snow that's getting everybody in the Christmas spirit is going to be gone before Christmas," he said.

The system that will move through on Monday night is called an Alberta clipper, Head said. These storms move so fast that they can't pick up much moisture, so he doesn't expect much snow.

"In York, probably just a dusting of snow, the way it looks now. Maybe up to an inch," Head said.

Looking ahead to Friday, York will see mostly cloudy skies and a high that it hasn't seen in a while: 50 degrees, he said.

And the warmer weather will probably cause a significant precipitation event next weekend to be mostly rain, Head said.

Safety first: With this month's slick, snowy pattern, it's important to remember to be safe on the roads, he said.

Head said there are two important questions motorists should ask themselves before setting out in severe weather: a) Can this trip be made later? and b) Is my car equipped for this type of weather?

If the trip isn't necessary or your car doesn't have snow tires, for instance, just stay home, he said.

"Everyone should be prepared for winter this year," Head said.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.