Brad Sweitzer Sr. is taking cat naps while waiting for the next snow storm to hit York County.

Sweitzer, 37, of Red Lion, runs S&S Storm Chasing and Forecast Team, which has a page on Facebook and a website.

Sweitzer said he started the team in June 2013 with his friend, Phil Schussler, also of Red Lion. Their team has six members from around the country and includes a meteorologist, Sweitzer said.

"We're weather enthusiasts or hobbyists, all volunteers," Sweitzer said. "Some people refer to us as weather geeks. We do storm chasing, record data, get pictures of storm damage. We (do) warnings when we see a storm coming, but we can't issue official warnings. We do amateur forecasting."

Phil Schussler, left, and Brad Sweitzer Sr., both of Red Lion, talk over weather maps and forecasts at a fast food restaurant before Schussler heads off to
Phil Schussler, left, and Brad Sweitzer Sr., both of Red Lion, talk over weather maps and forecasts at a fast food restaurant before Schussler heads off to work on the night shift. Bil Bowden photos

Sweitzer said he and Schussler share their information on their team's Facebook page which now has more than 35,800 fans.

"It's an honor and a responsibility," he said. "We're overwhelmed by (the public's) response."

To render a forecast, the team reads various types of information, including weather models, maps and patterns and historical data, Sweitzer said.

For York County, S&S is forecasting that York County will get between 12 and 18 inches of snow over a 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday, Sweitzer said.

Snow is expected to start overnight Wednesday going into Thursday and get very heavy at times on Thursday.

"We're looking at a horrible Thursday morning commute," he said. "We're keeping track, and we'll update our page as necessary. We don't sleep. We get cat naps."

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