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Lack of Snow in East to Continue Through End of December

By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
December 31, 2014, 8:39:52 AM EST

While colder air will flow into the Northeast this week, there is some bad news for snow enthusiasts as the lack of snow will continue through the end of December and the start of 2015.

The weather will turn progressively colder over the Midwest and Northeast through the middle of the week.

Temperatures will dip to slightly below average for a couple of days, but will generally not be enough to cause December, as a whole to finish below normal.


In most cases, temperatures this month from the Midwest to the Northeast will finish between 2 and 5 degrees F above average.

However, on a somewhat more significant note, December 2014 will finish with well-below average snowfall for the month.

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Some typically very snowy spots have only managed a few flakes of snow to a few inches.

This includes locations such as Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, Boston and Chicago.


According to Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines, "In some cases the lack of snow this month in parts of the Midwest and Northeast is on par with some of the least snowiest Decembers on record."

December 1889, had very lean snowfall in this area with no snow reported in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Philadelphia. During the same month, a few snowflakes were observed in Chicago.

In December 1943, only a few tenths of an inch or less were observed in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Flint, Michigan. This December has delivered 0.4 and 0.6 of an inch of snow respectively in Ft. Wayne and Flint.

More recently, December 2011 was void of snow in Philadelphia and New York City and only delivered a non-measurable amount of snow in Boston. Philadelphia only received few non-accumulating snowflakes during the entire winter of 1972.

While the track and nature of a winter storm for the Midwest and Northeast is being monitored, that storm would not affect the region until the first weekend of 2015. Updates on that storm and the plunge of cold air and snow into the Southwest will continue on this week.

One area that will grab some last-minute snow for 2014 will be in western and upstate New York, beginning on New Year's Eve. Blizzard conditions could develop in some locations before the clock strikes twelve at midnight.

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