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Old 11-29-2013, 10:14 PM
Location: Due North of Potemkin City Limits
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I just took a look at a few weather stats online, and to my amazement the difference in snowfall between Lancaster and Raleigh NC don't seem much different. Is it true that the area only gets an average 18 inches / year??? 7.5 snowy days? That's it? If so, this is (amazing) news to me.

I've considered a permanent move to the area for quite some time, but these numbers are REALLY making me give it a lot more thought right now. What about sunshine during these months? That's usually the hardest thing to gauge weather-wise through just reading stats. I live just north of Pittsburgh right now and the weather here absolutely sucks from November through February (and sometimes March). Any insight or feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:37 PM
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It is far sunnier in SE PA than out beyond the Allegheny Front or up in NE PA. When the wind comes from the northwest behind a low pressure system passage bringing Great Lakes-related snow to the western third-to-half of PA, Harrisburg and Lancaster get a chill wind on a bright sunny day. So for each few days' passage of a weather system, SE PA gets one crappy day instead of two or three in a row.

Basically the snow in SE PA comes from the nor'easter systems - a big dump every other year or so and a couple of graze-bys each year. The snow that does come down is death with better than down south but perhaps not quite as expeditiously as western PA.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:45 AM
Location: Midwest transplant
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With the exception of the few northeaster's that have hit the area; most of the snow (and it's hype) is short lived. Yes, Lancaster gets snow, but it gets much more sun and melting than the Pittsburgh to Erie area. Schools close or have late arrivals, the crews get out and get the streets and major roads plowed. At most, unless it's a real dumping of several inches~(the history of the winters is available)~you might be inconvenienced for a day or half day at a time.
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