Warmer weather on tap for York

Christopher Dornblaser

Just in time for one of the local foodies' favorite events, Restaurant Week, York County is welcoming some warmer weather this weekend.

Samyrah Watford, 3, left, and Dayania Cagel, 5, both of York City, climb up the stairs on the playscape Saturday Feb. 20, 2016 at Penn Park. Amanda J. Cain photo

Warmer weekend:Accuweather is projecting some spring-like weather, with a high of 64 degrees, while the National Weather Service is projecting cooler temperatures — around 54 degrees.

"It's going to feel pretty nice," Erickson said. Carl Erickson, meteorologist with Accuweather, said warm air from the south will bring the county some warm air, with a high of 64 degrees expected. He said that is about 20 degrees warmer than the average.

Wilashanay Sexton-Dickson, 12, of York City snapchats, while hanging upside down from pull-up bars Saturday Feb.20, 2016 at Penn Park. Amanda J. Cain photo

He said on Feb. 20 last year, the high was 17 degrees.

Erickson said tomorrow will start chilly, with temperatures in the upper 30s, but by 3 or 4 p.m., temperatures should reach into the 60s.

The warmer weather is also expected to stick around into Sunday, Erickson said, but some rain may move in then, as well.

Adam McHale, of West Manchester Township is looking forward to the warmer weather,as he is tired of the snow."It will still stay above average for Sunday," he said, adding that Sunday should be in the mid 50s.

"I think we're all sick of the snow," he said. "I'm done with winter."

He said Saturday, his day off, he plans to take his dog to the vet and spend time with his kids—hopefully outside, if it's nice enough out.

Restaurant week: The 6th annual Restaurant Week kicks off Saturday, with many local restaurants offering special deals during the week. Rob Burrito, co-owner of two participating eateries, Glazin', a doughnut shop in the city, and Otto's Kitchen and Cocktails, said the anticipated weather is helping business.

"It's perfect cocktail weather, that's for sure," he said.

Burrito said that once people started finding out about the weather, he saw an increase in reservations at Otto's.

"It's like people's first chance to break out of hibernation," he said.

Burrito said they even saw a bump in orders for catering from Glazin'.

"We actually did see an increase in doughnuts that are ordered," he said.

Upcoming Storm?: As of Friday, Accuweather is forecasting precipitation for Tuesday and Wednesday, but as of Friday afternoon, they don't know if it will be rain or snow.

"Right now we're kind of just allowing for a general chance of rain or snow," Erickson said.

Erickson said on Friday they do not know the exact track of the storm just yet, and they will know more toward the end of the weekend.

"Either way, it's going to be a pretty decent-sized storm," he said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com