Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Forecasters track system due here on weekend , BY LARRY ALEXANDER, Staff Writer
One groundhog recently forecast that spring is just around the corner.
Tell that to the weatherman.
Several inches of snow have fallen in Lancaster County since that prognostication.
And there is an outside chance for more this weekend, provided a storm predicted to track out to sea makes a turn toward the East Coast.
"I'll keep my eye on it," Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst said Wednesday, "and maybe (Thursday) I'll be singing another tune. But, right now, there's no alarm we should sound that there's going to be a big storm hitting."
After calls for a rainy and snowy Wednesday night, today and Friday will be unseasonably warm, Horst said.
AccuWeather says the highs both days will be near 50 degrees, and Thursday night will be relatively mild as well, with the temperature at 30 degrees.
But a cold front will move in late Friday, bringing rain showers Friday night and possibly some snow flurries "on the back end," Horst said.
"The front will usher in an unseasonably cold air mass," Horst said. "Temperatures will actually be running below normal on Saturday and Sunday."
Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 37 and a low of 18, while the mercury will struggle to reach 28 degrees on Sunday and drop to 15 Sunday night, according to AccuWeather.
With the sudden temperature shifts from unseasonable highs to frigid lows, Horst said, "sometimes you do get a storm along the coast, and there's been a lot of speculation on that over the last few days."
However, he said, none of the computer models currently shows that happening.
"The ingredients are all there," Horst said. "But that doesn't mean that they're going to come together. So, right now, it looks like a windy, cold weekend, with some flurries around on Saturday, but no snowstorm of any substance."
A storm predicted for Wednesday night proved hard to predict.
"It's been that kind of winter," Horst said. "Every storm has left a slushy coating to an inch or 2. Those are not satisfying storms if you're a snow lover."
However, he said, "winter is not over."
Horst said a look into the upcoming weeks suggests that an abundant mix of storm systems and cold air remain.
"Over the next couple of weeks, we still have to keep an eye on things," Horst said. "But, barring a change on Sunday, I see nothing imminent."
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