York, Lan­caster on line be­tween snow, rain

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW DYS [email protected]­al­don­line.com

The amount of snow, sleet or freez­ing rain that could drop in York, Lan­caster and Ch­ester coun­ties through Mon­day could vary widely de­pend­ing on lo­ca­tion, emer­gency of­fi­cials say.

The di­vid­ing line be­tween inches of snow and al­most none is fore­cast to run through north­ern York and Lan­caster coun­ties, Na­tional Weather Ser­vice of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The po­ten­tial for freez­ing rain, which can cause wide­spread power out­ages and dan­ger­ous roads, is real, emer­gency of­fi­cials said.

West­ern and north­ern York County could see sev­eral inches of snow. Fore­casts for south­ern and eastern York County are as low as a trace of snow to an inch or two.

York and Lan­caster coun­ties are un­der win­ter weather ad­vi­sories from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice through Mon­day.

The win­ter storm watch in­cludes a “glaze of ice” that could make travel dan­ger­ous, weather of­fi­cials said.

The storm is ex­pected to start late Satur­day and con­tinue through Mon­day, of­fi­cials said.

Area school dis­tricts have not

yet made de­ci­sions on po­ten­tial school clos­ings for Mon­day.

“We are see­ing some fore­casts that have Gas­ton County in North Carolina that is on our north­ern bor­der near Lake Wylie get­ting as much as 10 inches of snow, with Rock Hill 25 or 30 miles away get­ting as lit­tle as an inch or less of snow with more freez­ing rain,” said Chuck Haynes, York County di­rec­tor of emer­gency pre­pared­ness.

Haynes said: “It all de­pends on the di­vid­ing line of the storm. But it ap­pears the far­ther north you are, the more likely it will be snow. South, more sleet and freez­ing rain.”

Freez­ing rain or heavy snow that ac­cu­mu­lates on trees and power lines can cause utility out­ages, emer­gency of­fi­cials said. Roads can also be­come treach­er­ous, of­fi­cials said.

“Just a quar­ter inch of freez­ing rain, or even less, that ac­cu­mu­lates can be a prob­lem for power and for roads,” said Ed Darby, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of Ch­ester County Emer­gency Man­age­ment. “It will be safer if peo­ple can stay off the roads Satur­day night and Sun­day if at all pos­si­ble.”

Ed­die Mur­phy, Ch­ester emer­gency man­age­ment di­rec­tor, said it looks like ice is the worst threat.

North­ern Lan­caster County in the pan­han­dle and In­dian Land could see as much as eight inches of snow if some fore­casts hold up, said Dar­ren Player, emer­gency man­age­ment di­rec­tor. Ar­eas far­ther south are look­ing at less snow, with more freez­ing rain, Player said.

“That freez­ing rain, with trees al­ready weak­ened by this year’s weather, could be a prob­lem when the rain turns to ice for power out­ages,” Player said.

Res­i­dents are urged to mon­i­tor weather fore­casts that have con­tin­ued to change as the storm ap­proaches.

“We ask the pub­lic to be pre­pared and ready,” Haynes said.

Util­i­ties in the three coun­ties are pre­par­ing to re­spond if the storm causes out­ages, of­fi­cials said. Duke En­ergy spokesman Ryan Mosier said power out­ages are likely, and crews are pre­pared to re­spond..

Rock Hill utility crews have equip­ment ready to han­dle out­ages, said Katie Quinn, spokesper­son for the city.

Check her­al­don­line.com through the week­end for weather cov­er­age.

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