Residents living in the Northeast and Midwest are in for a wintry blast of snow and cold temperatures as we ring in the New Year. This large snow cell will begin Tuesday, as snow begins to spread from the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains to the Southern Great Lakes on New Years Eve.
This system reaches to the southeast, this will cause a broad swath of light to moderate accumulations. This will stretch from parts of Kansas into the Southern Great Lakes. This zone of accumulation may reach as far as New York and northern Pennsylvania by Wednesday night. The snow will continue for residents in the Ohio Valley on Thursday, possibly extending into Tennesse before the day ends.
Six inches of snow or more is predicted in parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley and the southern Great Lakes region on New Years Eve into New Years Day. Amounts from one to four inches can be expected in Kansas, and into the Ohio valley. Kentucky and Tennessee can also expect at least one inch.
As the midwest and northeast experience small amounts of accumulation, a subtropical branch will start to become active over the Gulf of Mexico. This will trigger the development of a weak coastal low near the Carolinas. This should occur on Thursday night, just as the midwestern system spreads northeastward.The exact timing of the northern and southern pieces of this system will determine the timing and location of the coastal storm. This will determine where heaviest amounts of snow and rain will fall.
With this coastal snow causing large gusts of wind, there may be a possibility for blowing and drifting snow as well as poor visilbility. This is predicted to occur in New England, but areas farther west may be affected as well.
It is still too early to tell how much snow will fall exactly, but there is a potential for at least six inches of snow total in northern Ohio into New York and New England. Philadelphia, Washington, Jersey and Delaware should see some snowfall as well.This storm cell is expected to make its way across the East coast by Friday afternoon, and challenging driving conditions can be expected from Thursday into Friday.
In addition to the snow threat,m there is also potential for some minor coastal flooding for eastern New England due to strong onshore winds late in the week.These predictions could change, so it is always important to stay tuned to your local weather channel for any changes to the forecast that might occur.