Fall's first freeze warning hits York County at midnight

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

Central Pennsylvania is at risk of sub-freezing temperatures as fall's first freeze warning hits at midnight Wednesday.

The freeze warning will last until 9 a.m. Wednesday and affects much of central Pennsylvania, including York, Lancaster, Dauphin, Cumberland and Adams counties.

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Meteorologists predict sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 in some areas that will kill sensitive vegetation, the National Weather Service in State College said. 

There's only a 5% chance of snow on Friday morning, which means there's almost certainly no accumulation of snow, said meteorologist Michael Colberg

The National Weather Service issued a freeze watch for areas of central Pennsylvania for late Tuesday, Nov. 2, through the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 3.

"This time of year it's pretty much the average time for a first freeze for the lower Susquehanna Valley," he said. "We issue a freeze warning mainly for the agricultural community so they can be alerted that the growing season is coming to an end."

Crops could be killed by the cold, potted plants and pets should be brought inside, and people should take proactive measures to stay warm, according to the weather service.  

Here's a weeklong weather outlook for the York area:

  • Tuesday: A chance of rain, mainly before 2 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 3 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 50. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Calm wind.
  • Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 51. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Calm wind.
  • Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind.
  • Thursday Night: A slight chance of rain showers before 2 a.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Friday: Sunny, with a high near 52.
  • Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
  • Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
  • Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

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