Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
After icy Monday, weather to warm up, briefly
Highs in 50s or 60s expected Wednesday BY TOM KNAPP, Staff Writer
Sure, an icy mix of Monday morning precipitation made for an unpleasant start to the work week, but Lancaster residents are in for a bit of a midweek thaw.
The mercury, which has been holding mostly in subfreezing temperatures for the past several days, is expected to creep up close to 50 degrees today. Even better for warm-weather buffs is the forecast for Wednesday, which -- while likely to be rainy and a bit thundery -- might hit the 60-degree mark.
Don't look for a lasting springtime, however.
"Enjoy the mild weather while it lasts," Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst said Monday. "Two days, and we're back in a cold weather pattern."
A warm front passing through the area triggered Monday's "mixed bag" of precipitation, Horst said.
"That opens the door to winds coming in from the south," he explained. "We spent all of last week with winds coming in from the Arctic. But on Tuesday and Wednesday, we should see warmer, southerly winds coming in.
"How warm it gets is still up for grabs."
Even if the snow melts away completely, he said, "the ground is still very, very cold." As warmer winds pass over the chilled earth, low-lying clouds are likely to form and block the sun.
Horst said he's forecasting a "more conservative" peak in the mid-50s on Wednesday, although, "if the sun breaks out, we might see 60 or 62."
But the warmer weather is "two days and done," he added. "A cold front comes through late Wednesday night, and we're back in a process of northwesterly winds bringing in very cold air for the weekend."
Thursday should see temperatures plummet back to the low 40s, and Friday -- the first day of February -- might not make it above freezing. Again.
Accuweather.com is calling for highs in the low to mid-30s through most of next week, with overnight lows throughout in the upper teens and 20s.
Many parts of the state were under a winter weather advisory Monday as forecasters called for a mix of snow, rain and sleet that led to slick conditions on the roads.
All public schools remained open Monday, although Lancaster Country Day School closed for the day.