Where’s the snow?

Jim Bowers arranged holiday trees at Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Dover Township along Route 74 last month. So far, December has been warm — about 7.1 degrees above normal, according to AccuWeather.com. Photo by Paul Kuehnel of the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

It has been mild so far this month — a disappointment for snow lovers.

So how warm has it been?

The temperature has been 7.1 degrees above normal so far this month, said Andy Mussoline, meteorologist with AccuWeather.com. The average temperature is 44.8 degrees.

“That’s a pretty significant departure,” Mussoline said.

The cold air has been locked up in Alaska and western Canada, and forecasters haven’t seen a weather pattern change in the past couple of weeks that brings the chilly air south.

However, things are about to change.

Two to three storms will develop across the central part of the country between now and Christmas, and the early indication is that the cold air will team up with these storms, Mussoline said.

However, that will likely happen in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region, he said.

That means rain and more mild weather for York County, Mussoline said.

Snow lovers might have to wait until mid-January and February, when long-range forecasters predict the area will see some of the coldest weather for the season, he said.

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