Snow is likely in the Northeast next week, including New York City

Snow is likely in the Northeast next week, including New York City

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  • The storm system will produce snow from the mountain west to the northeast.
  • Snow is expected to reach as far south as West Texas.
  • Due to the country’s lack of cold air, snowfall may be limited in the center of the country.
  • Snow is expected to fall in parts of the Northeast, but its amount and location are uncertain.

Snow is expected to return to the Northeast, including parts of the New York City metro area, early next week, but uncertainty is expected after the system dumps snow in the Rocky Mountains and parts of the Plains this weekend.

Northeast forecast timeline

Precipitation is expected to begin in the form of rain in the mid-Atlantic states by Sunday or Monday night.

However, enough cold air should turn rain to snow starting Monday night as low pressure arrives.

Snow may continue to fall from southern New England to the mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday before the storm leaves Tuesday evening.

(maps: National 7-day forecast: rain, snow and temperatures)

How much snow?

As with most systems in the East in winter, uncertainties including how fast the storm will move and its exact track make snowfall forecasts difficult. There is also a lack of fresh, cool air for this system to work with, which could result in more rain than snow in some areas.

The map below shows our current snowfall forecast for the Northeast. Both the position and amounts of snowfall could change over the next few days as computer forecast models narrow in on this system.

For now, expect snowfall Tuesday morning in affected areas in the Northeast. This could extend into the afternoon if the storm moves more slowly. Flight delays are also possible in major northeastern hubs on Tuesday.

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Snow and rain forecast

(Although it is still a long way off to accurately determine expected snowfall totals, areas with darker blue, purple, and pink lines have greater chances of increased snowfall totals.)

Snow drought

It will have been at least two weeks, if not longer, since another winter’s worth of snow fell in the Northeast.

Boston, New York City and Pittsburgh are all experiencing a season-to-date snowfall deficit of at least 15 inches through February 8. New York City’s 2.3 inches is ahead of the record low from one year ago, when it was just 0.4 inches. He fell.

Most surprising is the snowy habit of Syracuse, New York. Its seasonal total of 28 inches sounds impressive, but that means 55 inches — or more than 4.5 feet — behind its average pace. It’s the lowest season total to date in 91 years.

Seasonal snowfall (since fall), compared to average snowfall from season to date, in three Northeast cities through February 8, 2024.

(Data: NOAA/NWS; Chart: Infogram)

West and snowy plains

Before this storm system reaches the East, it will dump snow in the West and parts of the Plains and Midwest this weekend and into Monday.

Below are the latest winter advisories from the National Weather Service.

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Snow will continue to fall in the Rockies through Saturday evening, and will also spread to parts of the High Plains on Saturday, continuing into Sunday.

Parts of the Front Range from Wyoming to Colorado and New Mexico could pick up 6 inches of snow or more. This includes the Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins urban corridor. Some locally heavy amounts are also expected in parts of the Texas Panhandle. Expect snowy and slippery travel this weekend in these areas.

A lack of cold air will reduce snowfall accumulation farther east into the Plains and Midwest Sunday night into Monday. Some spotty, muddy accumulations of about an inch are possible in the Ozarks of southern Missouri and northwest Arkansas. This could lead to slippery travel on Monday.

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Jonathan Erdmann is a senior meteorologist for Weather.com and has been covering national and international weather since 1996. His lifelong love of meteorology began with a close encounter with a tornado as a child in Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then earned his master’s degree working with dual polarization radar and lightning data at Colorado State University. Extreme and strange weather are his favorite subjects. Contact him on X (formerly Twitter), Threads, Facebook And the sky is blue.

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