Sporadic Snow to Fall Throughout Northeast Over the Next Several Days

Posted: December 2, 2021 9:13 am

Despite a wintry weather landscape throughout much of the Northeast, parts of this corner of the US will be spared the continuing onslaught of precipitation over the next several days.

Northeast Experiencing Bouts of Sporadic Winter Weather

The Northeast is set to experience an active weather pattern through at least the beginning of next week. However, while some areas will see measurable snowfall, other parts will dodge the wintry precipitation.

A series of Alberta clippers are sending flakes flying along the US and Canada border. The clippers are also bringing in waves of bitterly cold air. The areas most likely to pick up significant accumulation through the end of the week include the northern tier of Michigan as well as western New York state. This accumulation will be the result of lake-effect snow.

This sporadic parade of storms at the hands of the clippers will continue through Sunday. However, a northward shift in these systems will mitigate the odds of measurable snow for the central Appalachians and the Atlantic coastal areas.

This track will also bring in milder air to the mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians, southern New England, and the Ohio Valley through Friday. This will be a welcome relief for those already tired of the cold.

Snow Chances for Biggest East Coast Cities

As the warmer air moves in, the threat of snow will also drop. While New York City has seen a few flurries over the last few days, the incoming warmer air mass will severely limit any chances of new precipitation. The daily highs this week have been hovering in the upper 30s to the lower 40s. With the storm track moving to the north and warmer air coming in behind it, any chances of new flurry activity are likely to be nil. By the end of the week, highs in the New York City area will climb into the 40s with some readings in the mid-50s.

These readings in the 50s may expand as far north as Boston through the weekend. Farther to the south, Washington, DC, and Baltimore will also enjoy this unseasonably mild weather. This forecast is setting up the region to enjoy activities such as putting up outdoor holiday decorations or hunting for that perfect Christmas tree.

New Storm to Move Over Northern Tier of US

While these cities will be enjoying a relatively nice weekend, the northern tier of the US will be seeing a stronger storm system setting up on Saturday and into Saturday night. This system will bring the likelihood of snow to northern parts of New York state and into the northwestern corner of New England late Sunday.

This particular storm is forecast to position itself far enough to the north that it will not likely affect the busy Interstate 95 corridor. However, there is a good chance that rain will fall along this corridor as the cold front associated with the system advances to the east late Sunday and into the start of the workweek.

If the cold air follows the mass of precipitation closely enough, there is a chance that the snow may fall in the higher terrains of western Maryland, West Virginia, and parts of New York state and Pennsylvania. Any chance of snow is small with only slight accumulation possible from this early week storm.

Looking Even Further Ahead

Forecasters are cautioning that another storm set to arrive during the middle of next week may be the bigger weather maker for the East Coast in the coming days. There are a number of different tracks that this storm may take. Where it heads will determine if the precipitation is mainly just rain or if it is cold enough to generate significant snowfall.

There is the potential that this storm may trigger the first snowfall of the season for some areas of the Midwest and the Northeast. The continual warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean will likely mitigate the chance that snow collects along the Interstate 95 corridor.