New York City may have its coldest weather until next winter tomorrow as a storm that spread snow and ice from the Midwest into the Northeast and grounded more than 1,000 flights makes its way out to sea.
Cold will sweep through the eastern U.S. overnight, sending New York’s temperatures into the 20s Fahrenheit, about 20 degrees below normal, said Jack Boston, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. It was 56 (13 Celsius) in the city at 4:30 p.m., AccuWeather said.
The storm is expected to bring rain to New York, ending with a light dusting of snow. Boston may get an inch or two.
“This may be the coldest day we see until next winter,” Boston said by telephone. “We might not get above 27 or 28 degrees on Thursday and that is an unusual situation in the month of March.”
Storm alerts were posted from Ohio to Maine as the system moved out of the Midwest, leaving about 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow on Chicago, the National Weather Service said. Alerts were also issued from Ontario to Newfoundland, according to Environment Canada.
Across the U.S., 1,358 flights were canceled as of 4 p.m. New York time, said FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking company. About half were into or out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Boston said the area from Buffalo, New York, to Bangor, Maine, may get from 12 to 18 inches of snow. A blizzard warning was in effect for western New York.
Almost 2 feet may fall in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, said Rob St. Pierre, a meteorologist with Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire.
While the biggest cities of the Northeast will be spared the worst, New York and Boston will have to deal with ice forming on roads and sidewalks as the temperatures drop, St. Pierre said.
“It isn’t going to be a big deal with snow accumulations,” he said.