A snowstorm is heading toward the northeastern United States just before Valentine’s Day
A storm will spread wet snow and disrupt travel from parts of the central Appalachians into New England Monday night into Tuesday evening with some snow arriving in New York City.
It may be time to dust off your snow shovels, as a volatile weather pattern could send a blizzard over parts of the Midwest and Northeast.
While unseasonably warm conditions in the Northeast recently may make future snow unlikely, AccuWeather meteorologists say an approaching storm will cover part of the region in snow before the middle of next week.
For weeks, AccuWeather’s team of long-range forecasters has predicted a weather pattern reversal around mid-February. That forecast is about to come true as the impending storm brings cooler conditions across much of the Northeast early next week.
The first part of the storm will struggle to find cold air across much of the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians, mid-Atlantic and southern New England, said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Bernie Rhino.
High temperatures this weekend will range from the 40s over the northern New England tier to the 60s around the Chesapeake Bay. Temperatures will drop significantly ahead of the storm Sunday into Monday, but will still be too high in many locations to allow snow to fall as the rain begins.
Across most of the Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians and southern New England, precipitation during the early part of the storm will be rain or a mix of rain, wet snow and possibly a little sleet from later Monday into Monday night.
However, during the second part of the storm, which begins in some areas early Monday night, parts of the central Appalachians, the upper mid-Atlantic and New England will likely turn to all snow, which may fall at a heavy rate. For some.
“The way cold air is going to invade the storm, it looks like your best bet for heavy snowfall will be from northern Pennsylvania into southeastern New York State, and southern and central New England, especially from northeastern Pennsylvania into the east Monday night into Tuesday,” Reino said during his broadcast on the network. AccuWeather Network Friday.
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The remaining warm air will bring rain mostly from southern New Jersey through Virginia.
“It will snow in New York City, but it probably won’t happen until near the end of the storm on Tuesday,” Rhino said. Currently, there is about an inch of snow in Manhattan, especially on unpaved surfaces. However, snowfall will likely increase rapidly north of Manhattan. If you can get heavy snowfall for several hours on Tuesday, several inches of snow could accumulate in all five boroughs that make up the metro area, as well as in central Long Island, New York.
Likewise, across Philadelphia on Tuesday, snow may struggle to accumulate much in the city’s core, with a better chance of up to a few inches over the northern and western suburbs. Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, are unlikely to receive any significant accumulation from the storm. Meanwhile, Boston and Hartford, Connecticut, can expect enough snow to shovel and plow through slippery travel.
Rain, fog and low clouds will slow travel late Monday into Tuesday morning along the Interstate 95 corridor in the mid-Atlantic. Airline delays and flight cancellations will increase as snow falls on Boston and later spreads to New York City and Philadelphia, triggering snow removal operations. Motorists heading west from New York City along Interstate 80, as well as motorists heading north on the Thruway, will encounter heavy snow and difficulty traveling.
“For most of the central Appalachians to central and southern New England, accumulations will depend heavily on elevation, as mountainous and mountainous areas will pick up much more snow than valleys or immediate coastal places,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Doty said.
The Poconos Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania and the Endless Mountains along Pennsylvania’s northern tier will likely pick up 6 to 10 inches of snow, while lower-elevation cities along the Susquehanna River, such as Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, may Having trouble picking up 3 inches of slush. Other locations with the best chance of 6 to 10 inches of snow and locally higher amounts include the Catskills in eastern New York and much of Massachusetts, including the hills west of Boston.
There will likely be a fairly sharp northern edge of snow with the storm, so parts of west-central and upstate New York and northern New England may receive little or no accumulation.
Snowfall accumulation from the storm depends on whether the second part of the storm can utilize a sufficient amount of cold air. A weaker storm that fails to gather cold air and heads south may produce much snow. If the storm intensifies quickly near the Northeast coast, rain could turn into heavy accumulating snow in the area from New York City to Philadelphia and possibly Washington, D.C.
As the storm begins to move away from New England on Tuesday night, northwesterly winds and a southerly dip in the jet stream will bring cooler air that will persist throughout the week.
People exposed to heavy snow may spend part of Valentine’s Day shoveling or blowing snow. Motorists and pedestrians should be careful following the storm. Areas of silty and standing water will freeze at night during the middle and latter part of the week.
While the storm will bring travel woes, the fresh snowfall and cold air that follows will give skiers something to cheer about after a nearly snow-free and mostly mild start to February.
Despite the cold conditions coming, no extreme cold blasts are expected during the week. Chances for additional rounds of snow may arise, including in areas that missed Monday’s storm into Tuesday, during the middle and latter part of February.
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