NEW YORK — Get ready for two systems next week that will bring rain, snow, and whipping winds.
After a windy finish to the work week, the winds have finally subsided. Temperatures topped out at a seasonable high of 48 degrees at Central Park under a mostly cloudy sky. Dry weather will likely prevail on Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 40s.
Then increasing clouds will give way to rain by Monday morning. A warm front will allow temperatures to rise in addition to tapping into moisture from the Gulf. Highs are expected to reach the 60s.
It will be a wet start to the day followed by a break in the afternoon. However, a cold front will likely bring more rain Monday night before transitioning to snow showers by early Tuesday morning. Also, anticipate strong gusty winds with this system and possible thunderstorms.
High pressure returns on Tuesday but will be short lived as we gear up for rain and snow late Tuesday into Wednesday. Temperatures will also take a dive, and we could get plowable snow out of this. But it is a little too early to know for sure how much to anticipate. It’s something we’ll continue to monitor in the coming days.
Some snow has already fallen in places like the Great Lakes, Northeast, and the northern tier of the country from Montana to Michigan most recently.
However, as a whole, the nation has experienced the lowest snow depth in the last 18 years. As of Saturday, only 8% of the country is covered with snow compared to almost double that the same time last year. Warmer than normal temperatures are to blame.
If you’re hoping for a white Christmas, it’s less likely for our area. But, parts of the northeast, northwest, upper plains have a higher chance. With a la Nina phase in place, storms are able to move north. Remember we need at least an inch of snow on the ground to be considered a White Christmas. As always, stay tuned for updates.