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Storm Watch Update: 6 to 12 inches of snow possible Tuesday
After some unseasonably warm days in February, it seems as though York County isn't out of the woods just yet for snowfall this winter.
Forecasters are expecting snow to hit the York County area overnight Monday and into Tuesday, just one week before the official start of the spring season.
Snowfall: Rob Miller, meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, said preliminary indications for the storm show that the area could be hit with six to 12 inches of snow. He said since there are still a few days before the storm, that prediction is subject to change.
“There’s every indication at this point that a major nor’easter is coming up the coast," he said Saturday morning.
He estimated that the storm will last between 12 and 18 hours, with the most accumulation happening between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Dave Martin, forecaster for the National Weather Service in State College, said Saturday morning that a storm coming up the coast is likely to hit the area early in the week.
"The worst of it being Monday night, Tuesday morning," Martin said.
While he said it's a little too early to make inch count predictions just yet, he said the snow will likely be heavy, "enough to plow."
Both officials said the Tuesday morning commute will be affected.
“It’s looking like Tuesday morning commute will be very messy," Miller said.
“Be flexible if possible," Martin said.
Miller said the snow is expected to taper off in the mid-to-late afternoon. He said people should be on the lookout for potential snowmelt freezing overnight because of lower temperatures.
Snowfall this year has been minimal, especially compared to 2016, when York County was hit with about 30 inches of snow in late January 2016. Miller said total snowfall for York County this year is about 8 inches.
“These are one of those storms that, all of a sudden, can make up the difference,” he said.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.