A disturbance coming in from the Midwest and Great Lakes will move into the Northeast on Thursday, bringing a light round of nuisance snow to parts of the region. Despite little to no snowfall accumulation expected, several hours of light snow is possible, which may lead to tricky travel conditions on the road.

This event will begin tonight as a band of moderate to heavy snow passes through northern Pennsylvania and western New York. Because this snow will be taking place at night, which involves a decrease in both air temperature and solar radiation, we may seem some limited accumulations. We’re not talking any significant snow, but generally a coating maxing out at 2 inches is expected. 

Then on Thursday, that snow will move east toward the New York City Tri-State Area. It will be interesting to watch how this snow evolves in the city. The southern boroughs may deal with mainly rain, while Upper Manhattan and the Bronx primarily experiences snow. This is due to the city’s close proximity to the relatively warm ocean water. Either way, snow will be possible.

A brief round of snow lasting for a few hours will be in the forecast across central and southern New York (including portions of Long Island), northeastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, and southwestern New England (especially western Connecticut). 

By the evening, other than a few spotty rain and snow showers lingering around the New York City area and southern New England, the Northeast will dry out and conditions will gradually improve. We’ll then watch two additional storm systems, which will be much more organized, affect the region this weekend. In both though, rain appears to be much more likely than snow.


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