Snow is coming to New York, Boston and the rest of the U.S. Northeast as well as parts of the Midwest this weekend, though the precipitation may change to rain in some locations.
New York may get 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 centimeters) of snow before it changes to rain on Dec. 14, while Boston, northern New Jersey and the southern Hudson River Valley may get as much as 6 inches before the snow stops the next day, said Paul Walker, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.
“We get another shot of cold air at the beginning of next week,” Walker said by telephone. That colder weather means “the snow is lying around and not going away.”
A strip of 3 to 6 inches of snow will extend from Missouri through the Ohio Valley and into New England, Walker said. From the Catskills through northern New England, even more snow is possible. The area from northeastern Pennsylvania across upstate New York and central New England has a chance for heavy snow, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center’s Hazard Outlook.
Boston’s northern and western suburbs may be close enough to the area of the heaviest snow to pick up 6 to 10 inches before it ends on Dec. 15, Walker said.
Temperatures from today to Dec. 16 are expected to be at least 8 degrees Fahrenheit below normal from Minnesota to Maine and at least 15 degrees below average in Ontario and Quebec, according to Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.
Below-normal temperatures, especially in Eastern and Midwestern cities, increase energy consumption as more people heat homes and businesses.
Natural gas futures rose as much as 2.2 percent to $4.434 per million British thermal units today on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest intraday price since May 1. About 49 percent of U.S. households use gas for heating.
While Washington may get a trace of snow at the start of the storm, the precipitation there will quickly change over to rain, Walker said.
“They are not going to be in the sweet spot for the snow,” Walker said. “The rain will be coming to an end down there probably Saturday evening. Sunday looks to be a dry day.”
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