Snow, freezing temperatures expected on the first day of spring

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NEW YORK -- Sunday is the first day of spring -- but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.

The storm is expected to sweep across the Tri-State region Sunday into Monday bringing freezing temperatures and yes, the dreaded snow.

It will begin Saturday off the coast of the Carolinas late Saturday into Sunday morning and at the same time, high pressure from Canada will move south bringing a very cold air mass across the Northeastern U.S. This combination of the two could bring the chance for an early spring snow storm for the Tri-State.

The snow could arrive as early as Sunday afternoon. Right now, the models are showing quite a few differences in terms of timing and track. Combining that with the higher angle of the sun at this time of the year makes the forecast quite a challenge.


One of the models is indication a track that further away from the coast and moves at a quicker pace. That could give us a low amount of snow. A separate model tracks the storm closer to the coast and moves slower. That would give us higher amounts of snow.

If the storm takes the slower route, the snow/rain should taper off by Monday morning.

As mentioned, with the stronger sun angle, that will limit a lot of the accumulations. If the snow moves in early on Sunday, much of the accumulations will be limited to the grassy surfaces. At night, area roadways may accumulate with snow.

Due to the high discrepancies of the models, the first call on the snow amounts will be held off until tomorrow.

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