Temps tumble Tuesday, followed by some snow on Wednesday

Weather

Update:

The first snow of the season could fall Wednesday, and the New York City Department of Sanitation is already preparing.

The department issued a “Winter Operations Advisory” starting 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release.

A day after enjoying 60-degree December temperatures, New Yorkers received a weather reality check Tuesday as temperatures dropped back to seasonably cold levels. Central Park recorded an afternoon high of just 43 degrees, some 18 degrees colder than we were on Monday.

Unfortunately, the cold air will hang around through the end of the work week, and we could even see a little of the white stuff tomorrow. Yes, we’re talking snow.

The combination of a coastal storm to our south and a disturbance to our north could throw a few snowflakes our way. You can keep the shovels in the closet though, as little if any accumulation is expected. Areas to the east and south of the city will only see raindrops, if anything.

As we look ahead, the mild air that we saw on Monday will likely make another appearance this coming weekend. Temperatures are expected to increase ahead of a cold front on Saturday, and another 60-degree day is possible. As with most Decembers though, the mild conditions will be short-lived and temperatures will drop back into the 40s by Sunday evening.

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