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Cold weekend, potential snow after near record high

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Forecasters are expecting precipitation on Saturday following Thursday's unseasonable warmth.
  • There is a potential for rain, freezing rain or even some snow on Saturday.

After flirting with the high temperature record Thursday, York County should brace for an incoming cold front and possibly snow for the weekend.

Adam Nugent, director of special events for the York Revolution, unloads firewood for this weekend's FestivICE event on Cherry Lane, Thursday, January 12, 2017. The event features live ice sculpting, music, fire pits and marshmallows, frozen turkey bowling and more from 9a.m.-3p.m. on Cherry Lane and N. Beaver St. John A. Pavoncello photo

Paul Head, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said the warm weather will give way to more seasonal temperatures early Friday.

"It's definitely going to be turning colder," he said.

John Gresiak, a senior forecaster for AccuWeather, said the record for Jan. 12 is 66 degrees, reported in 1975.

"It's currently up to 65 ... we're flirting with that record," he said Thursday afternoon.

Despite the unseasonable warmth, the area is looking at a significant drop in temperatures by Saturday, where the high is expected to be 32 degrees, Gresiak said.

Rain or snow: He said in addition to the cold temperatures, the York area could see up to an inch of snow.

“There is going to be a weak system passing close by, and that could bring a little bit of snow Saturday, especially during the afternoon and evening hours,” Gresiak said.

He said the precipitation will start mid- to late morning and continue into the evening.

Hover, Head said accumulation is unlikely on Saturday.

“When the snowflakes start falling at 10,000 feet on Saturday, we’re going to see them melt on the way down," he said.

Head said there is a potential for freezing rain.

“It depends on how cold it gets,” he said.

Gresiak urged caution for motorists on Saturday.

“I would say people need to be careful in the afternoon and evening due to some slippery conditions," he said, adding the conditions should not cause too many problems.

Both Gresiak and Head said temperatures are expected to be in the 40s Friday.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.