Mild December Weather to Greet NYC, DC Viewers of Christmas Tree Lighting
By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist.
December 04, 2014, 10:58:30 PM EST
Pageantry and Christmas spirit will have to set the scene for tree lightning ceremonies this week at New York City and Washington, D.C., with dry weather forecast and no natural snow on the ground.
Following some rain and sleet in the Interstate-95 corridor on Tuesday, no snow is forecast to help set the mood Wednesday evening at Rockefeller Center and Thursday evening at Presidents Park.
Generally good travel and walking conditions are in store during the daytime hours both days leading up to the events for early December.
People spending the day in New York City on Wednesday will be able to leave heavy winter coats at home. They may want to bring along an umbrella with spotty showers in the offing into the afternoon hours.
The weather is forecast to be dry for evening activities at Rockefeller Center with the temperature in the upper 40s F, after an afternoon high near 50 degrees.
Chillier air will push into the mid-Atlantic region and the District of Columbia on Thursday, but the weather will be far from being harsh. The day will be dry for people taking in the sights around the city.
After a high close to 50 in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, temperatures will fall through the 40s during the afternoon and evening hours. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures may dip into the 30s during evening activities. People who mind the chill may want to bring a few layers which they can adjust as the evening progresses.
Another batch of rain, sleet and snow is forecast for parts of the Northeast on Friday, for people planning on sticking around the extra day and heading home before the weekend. Except for the colder interior locations, most roads will be wet in the Interstate-95 corridor.
It is not unusual for ground to be bare for tree lighting ceremonies in New York City and Washington, D.C. The average annual snowfall for the first week of December in New York is only 0.6 of an inch, while in Washington, D.C., that amount is only 0.4 of an inch.
There has been no snow at either location for tree lighting ceremonies during the last several years.
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