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Up to 9 inches of snow on Thursday in York County

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • York County could see up to 8 inches of snow by late morning Thursday.
  • It will be the first significant snowfall of the season.

York County might finally see some significant snowfall come Thursday.

Alan Graser of All Season Lawn & Landscaping, dumps a truck load of snow, taken from East King Street, at Johnson Controls in York, Pa. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect 10 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Thursday with total snow accumulation expected to reach 5 to 9 inches.

Paul Head, meteorologist for NWS in State College, said rain will start after midnight Thursday and will turn over to snow.

“If it changes at say 5 or 6 in the morning, as we expect it to, we’ll probably get 4 or 5 inches of snow in the York area,” he said.

Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, said AccuWeather is anticipating between 3 and 6 inches Thursday morning, with the potential for 8 inches in some parts of the county.

“It looks like it will be a rather messy Thursday morning there,” Erickson said.

Both meteorologists said the snow will end in the late morning.

“By 11 a.m. or noon, it’s pretty much out of here,” Erickson said.

Caution: Head urged motorists to be cautious Thursday morning. He referenced the 50-car pileup on Interstate 83 last week that killed one person. That pileup happened because of a snow squall.

“This is going to be a four-hour snow squall, so slow down,” he said.

Head said drivers tend to slow down for bigger storms, and that is something that should be applied to all snow.

"Snow is something you should respect while driving," he said.

Erickson said that since the snow might start as rain, roads and sidewalks could become problematic in the early morning hours Thursday.

“The roads and sidewalks will be snow-packed and slippery,” he said.

In a release sent Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) also urged caution to those who are driving Thursday.

According to the release. PennDOT will be treating roadways with the primary intention of making them passable — not completely free of ice and snow.

The department urged drivers to not travel during winter storms. Additionally, the department asked people to leave plenty of space when near plow trucks.

Motorists can check road conditions on www.511pa.com.

Future: Yorkers shouldn't get too used to the snowy landscape in the county, because Erickson said temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s by Saturday.

“Whatever snow we do get looks like it will quickly melt this weekend," he said.

Erickson said Tuesday that after Thursday, snow is unlikely to hit the area within the next week.

“Once this storm passes, I don’t see any significant storms, at least in the near future," he said.

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