Savvy Yorkers will leave the milk, eggs and bread on the shelves and opt instead for a stockpile of windshield washer fluid.

As New England braces for about 2 feet of snow, York County is expected to get just enough of the storm to dirty cars with salty slush residue. Again.

The storm is expected to pass over the area starting Thursday night and move out Saturday morning.

York will see just about everything in the spectrum of precipitation, but the storm will drop no more than 3 inches of snow before blowing out with gusts of up to 40 mph Saturday, meteorologists forecast.

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for several Central Pennsylvania counties, including York, because of possible icy driving conditions for Friday morning's commute.

Weather service meteorologist Elyse Colbert said York will see some precipitation from the storm, expected to move in overnight Thursday into Friday, with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain for Friday's morning commute.

Temperatures will be close to freezing Friday morning, but the mix will turn to rain as temperatures rise into the mid-30s during the day, she said.

It'll continue raining until Friday night, when temperatures drop and it starts to snow.

She estimated the storm will drop about an inch of snow, and less than a half-inch of "total liquid," the value of melted snow and other frozen forms of precipitation.

Brett Thackera, meteorologist for abc27 WHTM, said the storm about to hammer Boston and New England is forming from two separate storms.


Superstorm Sandy was the last high-profile example of such a convergence, but Thackera said only a dry wedge of air between the two merging storms will pass over York - before the two storms collide.

"When the two phase together, that's the key," he said. "That will happen over New England. ... You may escape the worst of the weather."

Thackera forecast the storm could drop as much as 3 inches of snow on York.