First snow of 2020: How much will fall, Tuesday evening commute to be slippery

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Snow started falling early Tuesday afternoon around parts of southcentral Pennsylvania, with a slippery evening commute expected. 

By 1:30 p.m., light snow was accumulating on the ground in the Chambersburg area and starting to stick further east.  

In the greater York area, snow started to fall by 1:30, and an hour later, it was sticking to grassy areas around the county. A mix of rain was also in the forecast. 

Some school districts dismissed early, such as Chambersburg Area School District and others in Franklin County.

Further east, some districts have cancelled evening activities, such as South Eastern and Southern districts in York County. 

How much snow will fall?

In general, forecasters were still calling for 1-3 inches for the first snowfall of 2020 around southcentral Pennsylvania. 

The National Weather Service’s 2:47 p.m. update gave the following forecast for snow accumulation:

York — 2 inches

Chambersburg — 2 inches

Gettysburg — 2 inches

Lancaster — 2 inches

Harrisburg — 2 inches

Lebanon — 1 inch

Earlier report

The National Weather says a rain and snow mix Tuesday afternoon should transition to all snow.

That mix was expected to start between noon and 3 p.m. in south central Pennsylvania. Light snow will hit the lower Susquehanna Valley by the time your evening commute comes around.

The “quick-hitting” but light snow will bring slow and slippery road conditions, according to the National Weather Service State College.

Much of central Pennsylvania is on a winter weather advisory between noon and 7 p.m. and could see between one to three inches of snow. Up to one inch per hour snowfall rates are possible between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The advisory includes Fulton, Franklin, Perry, Dauphin, Lebanon, Cumberland, Adams, York,  and Lancaster counties. 

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