Northeasterners tired of the weekend snow should get ready for more as December’s fourth winter storm is expected to pass through the U.S. region on Tuesday.
Parts of Pennsylvania and New York pummeled with as much as 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) of the white stuff yesterday may get an additional one to three on Dec. 17 before the storm moves east into southern and central New England that evening, according to Accuweather Inc.
“I don’t think this will be a huge storm, but we’re looking at a lot of places maybe getting a fresh 1 to 2 to 3 inches,” Dan Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at the State College, Pennsylvania-based weather service, said in a telephone interview. The storm may strengthen as it moves toward the Atlantic Ocean, he said.
Accumulating snowfall after the first week of December isn’t uncommon, with a long-term average for the month of 9 inches in Boston and 5 for New York, he said. This weekend’s quick-moving storm sprinkled about that much in New York’s Central Park, while Boston’s Logan International Airport reported 4.2 inches this morning.
The Northeast’s heaviest snowfall was in Albany County, New York, which got 10 to 14 inches, and the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania with as much as 12, Pydynowski said. The storm is still moving through northern and central Maine, which may be the hardest-hit.
Travelers headed out west can leave their winter gear behind as the southern part of the region experiences above-normal temperatures, according to Accuweather.
Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles, usually in the high-60s Fahrenheit (about 20 degrees Celsius) this time of year, may reach the low-80s, said Pydynowski.
The weather in Phoenix, Arizona and Southern California will be more than 10 to 15 degrees warmer than usual.
“There’s a contrast between the southwest corner and the northeast corner,” he said. “They’re sort of seeing the opposite weather.”
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