New Yorkers dreaming of a white Christmas may first have to deal with a nightmarish winter storm that will hit the region on some of the season’s busiest travel days.
After an uneventful start to the holiday week, with highs in the 40s and lows just below freezing through Wednesday, the Northeast is being hit by a winter storm that could carry into the holiday weekend, according to Fox Weather meteorologist Christopher Tate.
It’s too early to say exactly how the storm will break out or how much snow could fall in the New York City subway area.
One possible scenario is a fast-moving winter weather system resulting in rain along the I-95 corridor as early as Thursday afternoon. “Gloomy” conditions are expected to end on Saturday afternoon, Christmas Eve, leaving Christmas Day dry, cool and calm, Tate said.
In Buffalo and Syracuse states, snow is expected to start Friday and continue through the weekend.
Another possibility is that a nor’easter hits the Big Apple on Friday, bringing with it a wintry mix — or even snow — that could last into Christmas Day, Tate said. Precipitation could result in “really heavy snow in that case — like in DOT, salt trucks are needed,” Tate said.
“Something’s going to happen and regardless of whether it has an impact, it’s going to impact Christmas travel,” Tate said.
AAA estimates that 112.7 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home between December 23 and January 2, with the vast majority of them driving, although demand for flights has also increased despite higher fares has increased. The worst times to travel will be Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the organization forecast, or possibly during the peak of the storm hitting the New York area.
The last time the city had a white Christmas, which is officially achieved when there’s more than an inch of snow on the ground as of 7 a.m., was in 2009, Tate said. That year, residents in Central Park woke up to as much as 2 inches of snow, despite not actively snowing that day.
On Saturday, residents in upstate New York and New England woke up to the aftermath of a Northeast dumping more than a foot of snow over several parts of the region, leaving tens of thousands without power, CNN reported.
More than 29,000 people in New York were without power as of Saturday afternoon, according to Poweroutage.us. Tens of thousands more groped in the dark in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
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