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Light Snow Over U.S. East Coast Won’t Pile Up

A man shovels snow in Wellesley, Massachusetts
A man shovels snow in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Photographer: Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Snow showers are expected to sweep across the U.S. East Coast this weekend, leaving little accumulation in their wake, said Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services Inc.

Earlier this week, computer forecast models suggested a big storm was possible as two systems coming in off the Pacific Ocean joined forces in the eastern U.S. It just won’t happen, Carolan said by phone from his office in Nashua, New Hampshire.

“No big storm this weekend,” Carolan said. “Right now everybody on the East Coast will catch a break.”

The Northeast was hit earlier this week by two winter storms that grounded thousands of flights and left hundreds of thousands of utility customers without power.

Carolan said the two Pacific systems failed to interact in just the right way to create a major storm. One will pass through the South before exiting into the Atlantic tomorrow. That system may bring Washington a half-inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The second will move across the northern U.S. into the Atlantic, spreading light snow on Boston, Carolan said.

Light snow also is expected to fall in New York starting tomorrow and possibly through the weekend, the weather service said. There is a 20 percent chance of snow in the city tomorrow and 40 percent the next day.

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