Snow predictions in York grow as storm nears

Meteorologists differ on whether York will see blizzard during storm.

David Weissman
Snow is blowing on Roundtop Mountain Resort as the snow making crew finally gets suitable weather Monday, January 4, 2015. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

The morning before the winter's first big snow storm expected to hit York County, meteorologists are predicting more than a foot of snow for a majority of the county.

Tyler Roys, meteorologist at AccuWeather, said York County will also see blizzard conditions for much of Saturday as wind gusts reach 40-50 mph. Blizzard conditions are expected to stop late Saturday night, he said.

Local snow emergency declarations

The county will begin to see snow around 5-7 p.m. Friday with conditions deteriorating after midnight and into Saturday, Roys said. By storm's end, Roys said most of the York area should see 1-2 feet of snow, which will be somewhere in between dry, powdery snow and wet, heavy snow.

"It will be decent for snowballs, but not great for snowmen," he said.

Elyse Hagner, National Weather Service meteorologist, said the snow will be really wet and cautioned that people attempting to move it should be careful not to strain themselves.

Winter storm emergency tips

The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning for York County from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Sunday.

The northern parts of the county can expect 6-12 inches of snow, according to Hagner, while southern parts should see more than one foot. Current projections show York City receiving about 19 inches total, she said.

Hagner said wind will reduce visibility on Saturday, making travel dangerous, but is not expect to reach blizzard levels.

Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.