Cold weather hits York County, but little road trouble expected

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJanuary 21, 2014 

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    Sunny but cold weather is forecast for York County for the rest of this week:

    Today: High of 34 degrees, with an overnight low of 20 degrees.

    Thursday: High of 41 degrees, with an overnight low of 13 degrees.

    Friday: High of 33 degrees, with an overnight low of 21 degrees.

    Saturday: High of 46 degrees, with an overnight low of 25 degrees.

While temperatures dipped below freezing overnight, York, Chester and Lancaster counties were expected to miss the problem-causing snow and ice expected in areas to the north.

Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there was little chance of frozen precipitation in York County overnight, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get cold. Temperatures over the next few days will remain 15 to 20 degrees below average.

Today’s high will barely get above freezing, he said.

The arctic fronts that bring such cold temperatures are typically very dry, Krentz said, so road conditions shouldn’t be an issue.

Regardless, the state Department of Transportation’s York County shop on Tuesday was preparing equipment and placing crews on standby just in case roads get treacherous.

For commuters headed into the Charlotte area, where light precipitation was expected overnight, there is a slight chance of dangerous road conditions. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Charlotte Department of Transportation were spreading brine on roadways on Tuesday.

Jen Thompson, a spokeswoman for the N.C. DOT, said 15 trucks were staged along interstates in the Charlotte area overnight, ready to deal with any ice formation.

No accumulating snow is expected in the immediate Charlotte area.

The Charlotte Observer contributed.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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