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Snow Seen Turning New York City Into Winter Wonderland in April

  • As much as 3 inches forecast to fall across Manhattan
  • Chill descending on eastern U.S., possibly touching Masters

The next blast of cold air from the north could bring “unusual” April snow to Manhattan on Saturday and a chill to the greens in Augusta, Georgia, where the Masters golf tournament is in full swing.

New York could get as much as 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow starting as mild air in the region is ushered out and replaced by much chillier weather, according to the National Weather Service.

“Unusual is not an inappropriate word to use; you wouldn’t expect it,” said Tim Morrin, a weather service observational program leader in Upton, New York. “Right now, the first precipitation will be in the form of cold rain, Then as we move into the afternoon hours temperatures will start to drop. We are anticipating wet snow.”

An April snow in New York isn’t “unprecedented,” coming once every 10 to 15 years, Morrin said. However, the average high temperature in Central Park for April 9 is about 59 degrees.

“Just that alone would beg to say a snow event is unusual,” Morrin said.

Accumulation Iffy

Chances are the snow won’t stick to roads and sidewalks, instead piling up on grass and trees. There is a chance slush will accumulate on pavement after sunset, he said.

The city and much of the Northeast have been awaiting the arrival of spring, only to be greeted by seesawing temperatures. Readings were forecast reach near 60 in Central Park on Thursday before dropping to 28 Saturday night.

Saturday’s snowstorm will move out of the Great Lakes across southern New Jersey, dropping less than an inch in Philadelphia and about 2 inches in Newark. For the third time in a week, Boston could get an inch or so, too, the weather service said. The city recorded 1.9 inches on Sunday and a daily record 4.7 inches on Monday.

As the Northeast deals with that storm, cold will push deep into the eastern half of the U.S., sending temperatures about 8 degrees below normal across much of the Midwest and 3 to 5 degrees lower in the South, according to Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

In Georgia, where the Masters is under way, daytime highs are forecast to remain in the 60s. However, Saturday night lows could fall to 33, the weather service said.