Update: 3:50 p.m.

The rain that's begun falling in York County is still expected to turn into snow later this evening, a meteorologist at abc27 said this afternoon.

The blizzard that's predicted to drop several feet of snow on New England could bring as much as 2 inches to York County, Eric Finkenbinder said.

"I still think this is going to be a low-impact event for us," he said.

Rain will turn to snow around 6 p.m., Finkenbinder said.

"For most of the evening commute we should be OK, as long as the temperatures are in the upper 30s," he said.

Earlier: As parts of New England are bracing for 1-3 feet of snow, York should prepare for 1-3 inches.

The storm, which arrived over York on Friday, is expected to switch from rain to snow starting Friday afternoon before tapering off by the predawn hours Saturday morning.

Though conditions could be slick for Friday-night motorists, things could be worse.

"When we're measuring in inches, we're still in good shape," said Ryan Coyle, a meteorologist at abc27. "We hate to use the word 'storm' with this because our neighbors to the north are going to get so much more."

Coyle said the storm will switch from rain and freezing rain to light-to-moderate snowfall around 5 p.m. The snow will continue for several hours, with the bulk of the storm probably leaving York between 4 and 6 a.m. Saturday.


People who live farther east and northeast will see snowfall closer to 3 inches, he said, with most of the area lucking out in the lower range.

Parts of Lebanon and Schuylkill counties are forecast to get 4-6 inches, he said.

Saturday is forecast to be dry, blustery and cold, with high temperatures barely making it to the freezing mark, Coyle said.

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a winter weather advisory for York and other counties, in effect from Friday morning until 7 a.m. Saturday morning, saying the storm could cause travel difficulties.

Weather Service meteorologist Greg DeVoir also forecast 1-3 inches of snow, but he expected the precipitation to end around midnight.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.