Snow, Mix Sunday for New York State, New England

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
December 14, 2012; 11:05 AM ET
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A storm impacting the Southwest this week and the Midwest Saturday with snow, ice and rain will reach portions of New York state and New England Sunday into Monday.

The area from central and northeastern New York to interior Massachusetts, northern Connecticut and southern Vermont and New Hampshire appears to be in the middle of the wintry precipitation zone with this event.

Just enough cold air will be around to cause some travel problems. A few inches of snow are possible in some of the ski resorts in the region.

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A storm moving into the Midwest will weaken as it approaches the Great Lakes. However, that storm will hand off to another developing storm system along the southern New England coast.

Exactly how this hand-off occurs will determine the intensity of the snow and the nature of the precipitation. For many areas, the precipitation will not be heavy, but there will be some exceptions.

The storm would bring some rain at times from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Providence, R.I.

Farther north, it could snow for a few hours in Albany, Boston, Worcester, Mass., Portsmouth, N.H., and Portland, Maine, during the hand-off.

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In places where a pocket of cold air briefly trapped, a period of snow, freezing rain and sleet is possible, before a change to rain. This is a possibility in Elmira, N.Y., to the Hartford, Conn., area.

A brief period of ice or a wintry mix is also possible along part of the northern tier of Pennsylvania Saturday night.

Storms Next Week

This weather event later this weekend will be followed by a potentially larger and stronger storm during the middle of next week.

The latest indications are the storm will affect the area spanning Tuesday (Dec. 18) into Thursday (Dec. 20). Fortunately, it will not strengthen quickly enough to bring high winds and significant coastal flooding issues.

The storm next week, which starts off relatively warm, would trend colder. Since the storm is likely to strengthen more slowly it is less likely to bring a change to heavy snow from Washington, D.C. to New York City. However, areas farther north from say northern Pennsylvania to New England could get as substantial amount of snow if the storm strengthens and lingers, drawing in colder air as a result.

Interestingly, another cold-transitioning storm may follow toward the weekend of Dec. 22nd and 23rd.

The story "Northeast Snowstorms Possible the Week Before Christmas" has more information on the two storms.

Meteorologist Brian Edwards has more on the general uptick in colder storms over the nation in "Snowy, Colder Pattern for U.S. Leading up to Christmas."'s Climate Extremes with Evan Myers
See the second of three interviews with Penn State's Dr. Michael Mann, climate scientist.


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