Latest Global News | Northeast Snow Possible Next Week, Including NYC

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  • A storm system will produce snow from the Mountain West to the Northeast.
  • Snow is forecast as far south as western Texas.
  • Lacking cold air, snowfall may be limited in the nation’s midsection.
  • Snow is expected in parts of the Northeast, but how much and exactly where is uncertain.

Snow is expected to return to the Northeast, including parts of the New York City metro area, early next week, but there are forecast uncertainties after the system dumps snow in the Rockies and parts of the Plains this weekend.

W​inter storm watches and warnings are active in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. You can see if your location is in one of those warnings here.

W​inter storm watches have also been posted in the Northeast, including State College, Hartford and Boston, where travel could be very difficult. The Tuesday morning commute could be impacted.

T​he storm is currently dropping snow over parts of the Plains and Rockies as the radar below shows:

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Significant Northeast Snowfall (Monday – Tuesday)

As rain and snow leaves the Southern Plains and Rockies, rain will begin in the mid-Atlantic states as soon as early Monday.

H​owever, just enough cold air should then turn rain to snow beginning Monday night as strengthening low pressure arrives.

S​now may continue from southern New England into the mid-Atlantic states Tuesday before the storm exits by Tuesday evening.

(​MAPS: 7-Day National Forecast Rain, Snow, Temps)

Typical of most systems in the East in winter, uncertainties including how fast the storm moves and its exact track make the snowfall forecast challenging.

T​he map below shows our current snowfall forecast for the Northeast. Both the placement of the snowfall and amounts could change over the next few days as computer forecast models narrow in on this system. Confidence is building that parts of the Interstate 95 corridor from New York to Boston could receive more than 5 inches of snow.

F​or now, expect a potentially snowy Tuesday morning commute in the affected areas of the Northeast. That could extend into the afternoon if the storm moves slower. Flight delays are also possible at the major Northeast hubs Tuesday.

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Snow and Rain Outlook

(While it is too far out in time to specify exact forecast snowfall totals, areas in the darker blue, purple and pink contours have the higher chances at higher snowfall totals.
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West, Plains Snow (Through Monday)

S​now will lighten up in the Rockies tonight and head eastward as the low pressure system departs the Southwest. Rain and some snow will move into the Southern Plains by early Sunday.

A​ lack of cold air will minimize snowfall accumulation farther east into the Plains and Midwest from Sunday night into Monday. Some spotty, slushy accumulations of about an inch are possible across Oklahoma and northeastward into the Ozarks of southern Missouri and northwest Arkansas. That could lead to slippery travel Monday.

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Northeast Snow Drought

I​t will have been at least two weeks, if not longer, since it last snowed in what’s been another paltry winter of snowfall in the Northeast.

B​oston, New York City and Pittsburgh each have season-to-date snowfall deficits of at least 15 inches through Feb. 8. New York’s 2.3 inches is just ahead of the record-low pace from one year ago, when only 0.4 inches had fallen.

Most stunning is typically snowy Syracuse, New York. Their 28-inch seasonal total sounds impressive, but that’s 55 inches – or over 4.5 feet – behind their average pace. It’s their lowest season-to-date total in 91 years.

Seasonal snowfall (since fall), compared to season-to-date average snowfall, for three Northeast cities through Feb. 8, 2024.

(Data: NOAA/NWS; Graph: Infogram)

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at 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 completed a Bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then a Master’s degree working with dual-polarization radar and lightning data at Colorado State University. Extreme and bizarre weather are his favorite topics. Reach out to him on X (formerly Twitter), Threads, Facebook and Bluesky.

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