Winter storm warning not fazing Yorkers
After having more than 30 inches of snow dumped on the county just over two weeks ago, Yorkers aren't too concerned about the upcoming winter storm expected to drop 4 to 8 inches on the county.
The National Weather Service is forecasting 4 to 8 inches and declared a winter storm warning, which is in effect until 5 a.m. Wednesday, while AccuWeather is predicting 2 to 4 inches will fall throughout Tuesday.
Matt Steinbugle, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said the storm, expected to hit around midnight Tuesday, will affect both the morning and the evening commutes, with the daylight hours experiencing the heaviest snowfall.
Steinbugle said the snow will taper off Tuesday evening, winding down through the night.
Despite the smaller accumulation than the previous storm, Steinbugle asked people to take caution.
"Even though it's not going to be of the same magnitude of the last storm, folks should still be prepared for the winter weather conditions," he said.
Carl Erickson, meteorologist with AccuWeather, agreed with Steinbugle.
"Even though the amounts don't seem too impressive, there will certainly be some problems," he said. He said later in the day, when the sun comes out, some of the snow could melt and cause some slippery roads.
Erickson said his organization is predicting a little less snowfall, 2 to 4 inches.
“It’s more of a prolonged, lighter snow event,” he said, adding that the snow looks to come after midnight and it will snow sporadically throughout the day.
"It's going to be varying in intensity," he said.
As for more snow, Erickson said it looks like Tuesday's will be it for the immediate future, with more cold air coming in for the rest of the week, causing lows of zero projected for the weekend.
Not fazed: For Joe Siracusa, of West Manchester Township, the real storm happened two weeks ago.
"The last one was a real snowstorm," he said, adding that had he not heard about the incoming storm on the radio, he would not have known about it.
Sircusa's main concern for the storm was school preparedness. He said he hopes the schools are prepared to cancel or have a delay Tuesday to make sure his 10-year-old son can make it to school safely.
Brandi Ludwig, of West Manchester Township, was shopping at Walmart with her 1-year-old son Monday afternoon. Having spent a period of her life in Minnesota, the snow doesn't bother Ludwig.
"We just have to worry about shoveling and how much fun we will have in it!" she said to her son.
Lew Reynolds, of West Manchester Township, was getting groceries at Walmart, preparing to stay in Tuesday.
"That's why I'm here," he said, adding that his wife is paralyzed and he was getting food and supplies to take care of her during the snow.
Despite preparing for the storm, he is also not concerned about the snow. He said he worked near the Canadian border for a portion of his life and has dealt with much larger accumulations of snow before.
Fastnachts: Yorkers concerned about not getting their fastnachts for Fat Tuesday because of the snow should worry no more. Stanley Brown, of Brown's Orchard, 8892 Susquehanna Trail in Loganville, said as of 5:30 p.m. Monday, the store was not anticipating having any issues getting the traditional food out to customers.
“We will be getting them here, unless something major comes up,” he said.
He said the amount of snow projected isn't that bad and the workers don't have to travel far to get the sugary treats.
For those not near Brown's Orchard who still wish to get a fastnacht, an employee at Maple Donuts, 970 Loucks Road, said Monday night the company was having no trouble getting the fastnachts made, and they will be available for Fat Tuesday.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com.