Late-spring hailstorm turns Red Lion into winter wonderland

York Dispatch

A late-spring storm in Red Lion hit the national news on Monday evening with photos, screen grabs and Vines of quarter-sized hail that turned the city into a winter wonderland.

According to The Weather Channel, the storm moved quickly but the accumulation covered roads and lawns in the area.

“A relatively cool airmass is in place over the mid-Atlantic today, due to an upper-level trough of low pressure suspended over the region," said meteorologist Brian Donegan. "The air 8,000 feet above the ground is at or below freezing (in meteorological terms, the freezing level), which is considered low for late-May. While many of the ice crystals in the clouds melted before reaching the ground (rain), the low freezing level allowed for some of them to remain frozen and fall as hail.”

Here’s a sampling of how the storm was documented on social media:

Hail blankets Red Lion in white

— abc27 WHTM (@abc27News) May 23, 2016

No...that's not snow. It's small #HAIL! Picture taken in Red Lion, PA. Image from Carl Hamm.

— NortheastWeatherWx (@NEWeatherWx) May 23, 2016

Hail and heavy rain from Red Lion, PA at 3:20 pm. @YoungbloodsTAA reports minor flooding.

— NortheastWeatherWx (@NEWeatherWx) May 23, 2016

STORM dropped Hail.... @SS_StormChasers E Broadway, Red Lion, PA

— Chris Riddle (@chrisriddle65) May 23, 2016