Winter storm could bring more ice, snow to York County

York Dispatch

A major winter storm barreling across the country could bring a mix of rain, ice and possibly even snow later this week.

The National Weather Service forecast errs on the side of rain and ice — with precipitation up to about an inch — but that could change quickly as the storm crosses the nation.

Winter storm watches and warnings covered a wide swath of the country from El Paso, Texas, through the Midwest and parts of the Northeast to Burlington, Vermont. The storm follows a vicious nor’easter that brought blizzard conditions to many parts of the East Coast.

During the multiday storm this week, some areas may see a mix of rain and freezing rain before it changes to snow.

"It will be a very messy system and will make travel very difficult,” said Marty Rausch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.

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The National Weather Service said 6 to 12 inches of snow was expected by Thursday morning in parts of the Rockies and Midwest, while heavy ice is likely from Texas through the Ohio Valley.

Here's a look at the forecast:

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: A chance of rain after 1 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: Rain. High near 48. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday night: Rain before 4 a.m., then rain and sleet. Low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.

Friday: Sleet, possibly mixed with rain and snow before 1 p.m., then a chance of rain, snow, and freezing rain. High near 39. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 29.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 13.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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