1:20 p.m.: A winter storm expected to drop as much as 10 inches of snow on parts of York County fell far short of that prediction Wednesday.

"What you see is what you've got," Ryan Coyle, a meteorologist with abc27, said just before 1 p.m.

Some conditions changed at the last minute that dramatically altered the impact of a storm national forecasters dubbed Saturn.

First of all, Coyle said, the storm tracked further to the south than expected. And, when the snow fell in York County, it was met with warm air -- warmer than expected, Coyle said.

"In early March, it's way too difficult for the snow to stick to pavement when you have such a high sun angle," he said. "It's actually melting faster than it's falling from the sky."

The National Weather Service is ending the winter storm warning for York County at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Precipitation -- sometimes snow, sometimes rain -- will fall until around 8 p.m., Coyle said.

Don't expect any more snow to collect on the ground, though.

In York County, the greatest inch count is in Hanover, which got between 4 and 6 inches of snow. Red Lion logged 3 to 4 inches, Coyle said.

The northern part of the county got absolutely nothing, he added.

Parts of Franklin and Adams counties did get 10 inches of snow, Coyle said.

Whatever's on the ground won't be around long. The temperature on Saturday is expected to reach 50 degrees, Coyle said.


Reported earlier: Earlier: Meteorologist Paul Head saw something beautiful but curious Tuesday as the season's biggest snow storm was approaching the York area: three waves of geese, heading north in the sky above him.

They've got the right idea, the National Weather Service meteorologist in State College said, though they might be just a few days early. It's still winter here - at least for a couple days.

All school districts were closed Wednesday morning, their superintendents waking to as much as about 5 or as little as 3 inches of snow depending where in York County they live. The storm arrived in the predawn hours, and another 3 or 4 inches were expected to fall before it moves away Wednesday afternoon, Head said.

The storm will have dropped between 4 and 10 inches, with accumulation varying across the county, before it leaves the area, he said. Colder northern areas will have gotten more, as will southern areas closer to the heart of the storm.

While the kids got their snow day, York County reported traffic was running smoothly, and overall 911 call-volume was at or below normal for a typical weekday.

Prior to Wednesday, the biggest snowfall recorded in York County for this winter was months ago, with 4 inches logged in York Haven on Dec. 29, according to the National Weather Service.

Wet roads: York area PennDOT spokesman Chris Leiphart said most roads were wet and free of accumulation, with crews having pretreated arteries such as Interstate 83 and Route 30 on Tuesday.

"Currently everything is pretty much just wet," he said Wednesday morning. "You may find some back roads and secondary roads with a bit of slush on them still, but it's better than expected because they were calling for so much snow."

He said there were 55 state trucks and 19 rentals out Wednesday morning.

Most of the county remained online, with only 41 Met-Ed customers in Paradise and Manheim townships without power because of storm-related damage Wednesday morning, said spokeswoman Kathy Seilhamer.

The utility had extra crews waiting to be "boots on the ground" for whatever the rest of the day brought, she said, but it appeared the storm would pass without making much of a scene.

Last snow? Several municipalities declared snow emergencies for the duration of the storm. York City Mayor C. Kim Bracey issued a reminded that residents must clear their sidewalks of snow and ice within 12 hours after the snow stops.

But the snow isn't likely to stick around for long, as temperatures were expected to reach the mid-40s Thursday and Friday before hitting the 50s over the weekend, Head said.

Brett Thackara, a meteorologist with abc27, said the storm will leave behind a biting wind between 15 and 25 miles per hour through Thursday, but that will give way to spring-like weather for Saturday and Sunday.

Head said there could still be some colder weather in the coming weeks, but Wednesday's storm is likely to be the last snow.

"To say we're done with snow this early in March is a little bit premature, but I'm thinking it probably is the onion snow," he said. "Spring is coming because the geese say so."

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.