Dennis McGlaughlin, 66, inline skates in a parking lot at Springettsbury Township Park.
Dennis McGlaughlin, 66, inline skates in a parking lot at Springettsbury Township Park. (Bill Kalina photo)

It won't feel like winter, but snow bunnies will still be able to hit the slopes and coast along snowtubing lanes.

Executives at AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills and Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry said it will be business as usual this weekend, even though temperatures will increase to a spring-like 60 degrees.

"The snow's not going anywhere," said Alyssa Reigart, spokeswoman for AvalancheXpress.

The winter recreation hub at 2700 Mount Rose Ave. in York Township won't be able to make snow during the weekend of warmer weather, but the snow that's already there will be fine, she said.

For updated information on snowtubing conditions, customers can check the company's webpage at

At Roundtop Mountain Resort, guests will be able to ski, snowboard, snowtube and play a game of paintball or hit the ropes course.

"Sometimes higher temperatures actually brings more people out because they like the warmer weather," said spokesman Chris Dudding.

Near record: York County will near record highs this weekend, when it will feel more like spring than mid-January.

On Saturday and Sunday, the temperatures are expected to be 62 and 63, respectively.

A record high of 66 was set on Jan. 12, 1975, and a record of 68 was set on Jan. 13, 1932, said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael Pigott.

"I don't know if we'll get there," he said.

The National Weather Service in State College is forecasting highs of 56 on Saturday and 60 on Sunday.

Nonetheless, it will be warm this weekend. The normal average temperature this time of the year is 40.

Cause: The warmer-than-normal temperature here is the result of cold, snowy weather in the western part of the country, Pigott said.

The western United States will see a few days of snow, with accumulations of up to a foot in some areas, he said. That weather will be brought on by an Arctic blast out of the north.

And that will the cause the northeastern part of the country to receive warm winds out of the south.

"You kind of have the yin and the yang," Piggott said.

The warm temperatures will likely mix with the cold, wet ground, causing fog and haze around daybreak and sunset in the county over the weekend, he said.

The reprieve from winter's cold grasp will end as the workweek begins.

Both weather services are forecasting a cooler Monday with a high of 53 and rain possible.

By Tuesday, winter will be back in full force with a high of 39 and rain or drizzle, according to the AccuWeather forecast.

- Reach Greg Gross at Reach Candy Woodall at