Not again: more snow is in the forecast for the Northeast this Thursday, although the long-range outlook favors warmer and drier weather for this part of the country. For other parts of this region, rain can be expected for your Thursday.
In terms of the snow, snow is expected to be falling early in the morning across portions of northern Indiana and Ohio, extreme-southern Lower Michigan, western and northern Pennsylvania, western and central New York, and portions of the Berkshires. Even the Connecticut hills may experience snow by sunrise on Thursday. Then as the morning progresses, snow will dwindle and will clear out of the Ohio River Valley by the late-morning. Further north and east, the snow will continue as the low pressure responsible for producing this snow moves offshore and becomes a weak coastal low. Snow is expected during the time period from the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia through much of Pennsylvania (not including southeastern PA), western and central New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. In the afternoon, the activity will continue to shift to the north and east, which follows the track of the low pressure. Snow is forecast to fall across northeastern Pennsylvania and much of New York State (no including the Lower-Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island). Snow showers on the backside of this precipitation shield are also expected in western Pennsylvania while rain and snow is forecast for much of Massachusetts (not including southeastern MA), the Connecticut hills, and the southern mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. Then beginning in the evening on Thursday, much of the precipitation will move offshore, but snow is still expected to fall at times in the Berkshires, Green and White Mountains, western and Upstate New York, and northwestern Pennsylvania. By Friday morning, a few lingering snow showers are possible east of Lakes Erie and Ontario while snow dissipates in Maine.
Some locations will receive up to around half a foot of snow with this event.
Now in terms of the rain, it will be an all-rain event for the I-95 corridor. You’ll likely wake up to rain showers from southern and eastern parts of Pennsylvania through northern New Jersey and southern New York and into southern New England. During the midday hours, these rain showers will persist from southeastern Pennsylvania through much of New Jersey, southern New England, and up through coastal Maine. A few rain showers may sneak south of the Mason-Dixon Line during the afternoon. Speaking of the afternoon, the latter half of the day with feature more rain showers, primarily for the same areas that experienced rain during the midday hours as well as in the Hudson Valley. By the evening, much of the rain will clear out. Some snowflakes may be mixed in with the rain just away from the coast for a brief time.
This rain will be light, thankfully, compared to the flooding rains that took place on Monday. A widespread quarter to a half inch of rain is expected for most locations that receive rain.