Winter storm rolling across country to bring sleet, snow to York County

York Dispatch

York County will see yet another blast of frigid weather — along with the possibility of a mushy mix of rain, sleet and snow — as a storm system sweeps across the country this week.

According to the National Weather Service, rain will likely begin Wednesday night. Conditions are expected to deteriorate through the day Thursday, culminating in a mix of rain, sleet and snow on Friday with overnight low temperatures reaching into the teens.

This storm system already led airlines to cancel hundreds of flights, as Midwestern governors urged residents to stay off roads and schools closed campuses.

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The blast of frigid weather, which began   Tuesday night in the western U.S., put a long stretch of states from New Mexico and Colorado to Maine under winter storm warnings and watches. On Wednesday, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan saw freezing rain, sleet and snow.

The storm had already dropped heavy snow over much of Kansas and parts of Missouri by early Wednesday, with   forecasters warning that the snow was only expected to intensify throughout the day. More than a foot of snow was expected in parts of central Missouri, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

“For a lot of areas, we are going to be looking at significant amounts of snowfall and also ice,” said Andrew Orrison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.

For now, York County is expected to receive accumulations up to two inches, although points north — as close at Centre County — could see five or more.

Here's a look at the   local forecast, according to the National Weather Service:

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow before 10pm, then rain and snow likely between 10pm and midnight, then rain after midnight. Low around 33. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday: Rain. High near 41. South wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday night: Rain, freezing rain and sleet before 2 a.m., then snow and sleet between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and snow after that. The sleet could be heavy at times. Low around 23. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday: Snow likely before 3 p.m., then a chance of snow and freezing rain. Cloudy, with a high near 28. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 25.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. 

AccuWeather's forecast for the next couple of days predicts slightly higher temperatures, including highs of 50 and 37 for Friday and Saturday, respectively. AccuWeather is still predicting a wintry mix for Friday and frigid temperatures on Saturday.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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