New York City may get “a coating” of snow overnight and then another dusting this weekend, while Chicago may get 3 to 5 inches tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow is to fall in New York from about 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. from a fast-moving storm that doesn’t have much moisture with it, so accumulations will be light, said Tim Morrin, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.
“We haven’t seen much this season so far, so this is a reminder of winter but nothing we can’t handle,” Morrin said by telephone. “We’re talking about a coating, I wouldn’t be surprised to see folks sweep off their windshields, but certainly nothing plowable.”
So far this season, 2.9 inches (7.4 centimeters) of snow have fallen in Central Park, all of which came down on Oct. 29, according to the weather service. Normally, 9.1 inches of snow would have fallen by now, weather service records indicate.
There have been several instances where trace amounts of snow have also fallen since Oct. 1, though they weren’t enough to be measured.
Second Storm Follows
After the snow ends early tomorrow, the sun will be out during the day and temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-30s, before a second storm arrives later, Morrin said.
The second system is expected to start as snow late tomorrow into the next day, he said. Warmer air will arrive during the weekend and probably change the snow into rain as the storm progresses, he said.
“The weekend one could linger into Saturday night,” Morrin said. “We don’t expect serious accumulation from either of them.”
Chicago is expected to receive from 3 to 5 inches of new snow tomorrow in a separate storm, according to the weather service. An extreme cold warning has been posted for Minneapolis, where the temperature was minus 11 Fahrenheit (minus 24 Celsius) at 7:53 a.m. local time and 3 inches of snow was forecast.
In the western U.S., winter storm and winter weather advisories stretch from western Oregon to Montana. As much as 20 inches of snow may fall in the mountains of western Oregon and Washington, according to the weather service.
In the east, Albany, Boston and Philadelphia may receive less than 1 inch of snow from today’s storm, the agency said.