Christmas Eve Snow Showers Head to New York City

By , Senior Meteorologist
December 24, 2013; 7:55 PM ET
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Mother Nature is sharing a little Christmas joy from Lake Erie to the coastal Northeast on Christmas Eve in the form of snow showers. Much colder air is also moving in.

The recent rainstorm washed away the recent snow cover in many areas, putting a frown on many kids' faces aged from 1 to 92, who were hoping for a white Christmas.

However, snow showers will continue to track from Lake Erie to New Jersey and southern New England through Tuesday evening before moving away by Christmas morning.

A rain or snow shower will also graze Washington, D.C., and Baltimore Tuesday afternoon.

The snow showers generally will not accumulate east of the Appalachians and in the I-95 cities, but there can be some exceptions.

A few spots along the I-95 corridor may get a heavier snow shower that can coat the ground from north of Trenton to New York City and perhaps to southwestern Connecticut.

The snow will accumulate up to an inch west of I-95 to Binghamton, N.Y., and Scranton, Pa., with higher totals downwind of Lake Erie.

Motorists, including those traveling to Christmas destinations or Christmas Eve services, should prepare for some slippery spots, including on stretches of I-80, I-84 and I-95.

The heaviest snow showers will also dramatically reduce visibility, posing another danger to travelers.

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With much colder air moving back in the snow that falls will likely stick around in some areas through Christmas Day. When compared to highs this weekend, temperatures will be 30 to 40 degrees lower in many communities Tuesday and Wednesday.

For areas farther north, the recent storm put down a heavy amount of ice and wintry mix from southern Ontario and southern Quebec to northern New England and New Brunswick.

For folks struggling without power and cleaning up in the wake of the ice storm, the colder air will make for hardship over the Christmas holiday. Highs will be in the teens and nighttime lows will be in the single digits for much of New England and upstate New York.

Over much of the mid-Atlantic, high temperatures will be within a few degrees of 40 F on Tuesday, then plunge to within a few degrees of 30 F by Christmas Day.


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