Snow a no-show in York County this Christmas

  • Forecasters are expecting above average temperatures for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • The last time York County saw snow on Christmas was in 2012, according to forecasters.

Those hoping for a white Christmas in York County likely won't be getting their wish this year.

Weather officials are not only forecasting a  dry day for Christmas, but they are also anticipating above-average temperatures for Sunday's holiday. 

The only snow Yorkers might see would be any snow already on the ground, Dave Martin, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, said Thursday afternoon.

Holiday weekend: Martin said York County could see some rain late Friday night, which could cause problems for anyone driving early on Christmas Eve morning.

“There could be some icy spots," he said.

Brian Edwards, meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, shared similar thoughts.

“Christmas Eve looks like it could be on the wet side," he said, adding that the rain would subside by the afternoon.

Edwards said that risk will be alleviated by late morning as temperatures reach the mid-40s. Martin said the temperatures this weekend will be a little above average temperatures for this time of year. 

Dressed in her Santa Claus attire, crossing guard Toyer White, of York City, stops traffic to walk clients across Atlantic Avenue Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, in York City. Amanda J. Cain

“This year’s going to be above normal, not as much as last year,” Martin said.

Temperatures were reaching the 70s on Christmas Eve last year, he added. Edwards said Christmas Day last year had a high of 60 degrees.

Dressed in her Santa Claus attire, Crossing guard Toyer White, of York City, stops traffic to walk a little boy across Atlantic Ave. Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, in York City. Amanda J. Cain

“(It will be) much cooler than that, but still not bad,” Edwards added.

Previous snow: Edwards said the last time York County might have seen snow on Christmas was 2012. He said about 2 inches of snow were recorded on Christmas Eve that year.

About a week before Christmas in 2009, York County saw a bit of lingering snow from an earlier snowstorm.

“(In) 2009 there was 18 inches of snow on the 19th of December ... that was definitely a white Christmas,” he said.

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AccuWeather is anticipating a high of 45 degrees Saturday and a high of 41 degrees Sunday. 

“It looks like a fairly tranquil Christmas weekend,” Edwards said.

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