Get ready to salt and shovel away Wednesday as Cumberland County deals with another round of everything winter — snow, sleet and rain.
The county sits under a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. Wednesday, with area forecasts calling for 2-4 inches of snow mixed with sleet and eventually freezing rain.
The ABC27 forecast calls for snow to start falling in the county around 4 a.m. Wednesday and staying steady during the morning commute. Northwestern Cumberland County and Perry County could see up to 6 inches of snow in the morning, while the rest of Cumberland County should see 2-4 inches.
After 8 a.m., the snow will begin to mix with sleet. Eventually, by midday, the precipitation will change to all rain for all areas. The rain changeover will take place first in southern counties like York and Lancaster, working its way north into Cumberland County.
The rain will continue through the afternoon, making for a slushy evening commute. Highs Wednesday will be in the mid-30s, but temperatures will drop into the low 20s during the evening hours leading to more re-freezing on roads and driveways.
Even though most of the winter has been marked with light snowfall, this season has proved to be burdensome on area municipalities.
South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley said this winter has been marked with frequent ice storms, including the one Sunday, which resulted in about 3 inches of snow in Boiling Springs below the ice.
Faley said township crews have only been out plowing three times this winter, but the winter weather has still forced crews to go out 14 times this season to treat the roads with salt and anti-skid. They’ll be out again Wednesday at a time when the township usually averages 19 “lay-downs” of salt and anti-skid during winter.
“That’s atypical for us,” Faley said. “This winter has not been easy.”
South Middleton has purchased more salt and anti-skid mix, but it and other municipalities should expect to be using more materials this week.
The ABC27 forecast calls for sunny skies Thursday with a high of 30, while Friday brings another chance of snow showers, with cloudy skies and milder air for the start of the weekend on Saturday.