It’s a good thing swimming pools around Lancaster County have just opened because the week ahead will be unseasonably warm and muggy.
And that’s not good news for area farmers, where a deficit in precipitation around the county is making it hard for newly planted crops to shoot upward.
Nor for the county’s firefighters, who continue to be called out to brush fires.
“Unofficially summer,” is what Eric Horst is calling the unusually hot spell.
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Some of the coldest Siberian-like air of the winter is going to be hovering over Lancaster County for the next 24 hours.
The expected low Friday morning should be around -2 degrees, which could equal the coldest temperature of the year so far.
And it will feel even colder, as the wind chill should make it feel like minus-20 or even colder.
But there’s good news: This weekend’s anticipated snowfall is now looking a little less severe than first feared, Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst said midday Thursday.
You may be reading this while wearing summer-ish shorts and a T-shirt, or standing in comfortable weather in your driveway after getting your paper.
But here’s a news flash — winter’s coming.
Even though it’s only late August, school’s just getting ready to start and winter doesn’t officially start for four months, forecasters are already getting a good picture of what to expect for winter 2014-15.
And the picture has both good news and bad news.
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A major, late-season storm could dump up to a foot of snow on us Sunday and Monday.
National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook that notes the storm likely will produce “a heavy snowfall” from late Sunday through much of Monday.
The Weather Service’s preliminary forecast is for 8 to 12 inches of snow to fall in
Lancaster County. AccuWeather is calling for 6 to 10 inches here.
But National Weather Service forecaster Craig Evanego cautioned that the storm is a difficult one to predict.
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