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Forecasters monitoring a weather system expected to hit Pennsylvania on Thursday now say the storm could bring 2 to 3 inches of snow to the York County area.

John Banghoff, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, said Wednesday, Nov. 14, that the system could cause rain, sleet and snow.

Initially, Banghoff said there was a potential for 1 to 2 inches of snow, but on Wednesday he said that total has bumped to 2 to 3 inches. 

“The forecast is to be a little bit colder now, which would favor snow and sleet," he said Wednesday morning. 

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory. It will go into effect 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, and will continue until 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

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System: Banghoff said the storm is expected to hit the York County area sometime between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday.

He said there will be snow or sleet throughout much of the morning Thursday.

“We could see some rain mixed in as we get into (Thursday) afternoon," he said Wednesday.

Banghoff said precipitation will linger throughout the day Thursday.

“I think the afternoon commute is going to be the most significantly impacted because of ongoing precipitation," he said.

Banghoff noted that any snowfall would most likely not be heavy, so there should not be a problem with visibility.

He said that the storm should leave the area by Friday afternoon.

"Really, (Thursday) morning through Friday morning is the main focus of the storm," he said. 

Areas northwest of York County are under a winter storm watch, and Banghoff said just because York County is not under one doesn't mean residents should not be careful.

Banghoff encouraged people to keep an eye on the weather service's social media pages for updates.

In addition to posting information on weather preparedness as part of Pennsylvania's Winter Weather Awareness week, the weather service also will post updates about this week's potential storm.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser