NEW YORK – The FOX Forecast Center is tracking the potential for snow in the Northeast this weekend, but much like every other winter storm this season, the system will fail to amount to much in the major cities along Interstate 95.
As has been the case for most of the winter, moisture and cold air have not been in sync – meaning that when precipitation has fallen, it has mostly done so in the form of rain because air temperatures are simply too warm.
The storm system will approach the region on Friday and exit by Sunday morning. The FOX Forecast Center will be paying a close eye to about a 36-hour period when there could be enough cold air intrusion to make flakes fly in some of the major cities in the Northeast.
How much snow will fall?
Will the I-95 corridor get any snow?
Areas to the south and east, closer to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic coasts, are slated to see substantially less snow.
The heaviest snowfall event to impact New York City so far this season happened in late February when 1.8 inches fell over Central Park. The lack of snow has caused the city's overall snowfall deficit to balloon to around 2 feet, and it remains a question whether the weekend system will muster up enough cold air and frozen precipitation to even beat February’s minuscule amounts.
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Chances of measurable snowfall (at least 0.1 inches) from the upcoming event decrease even further as you head south along I-95 toward the nation's capital.
Baltimore and Washington, who are dealing with snowfall deficits of around 17 inches, are not currently expected to pick up any snowfall from the weekend storm system. Computer forecast models show air temperatures will likely be too warm for snow, with low temperatures only dipping into the mid- to upper 30s.
What are the expected impacts of this weekend's snow?
"If you do live closer to New York or Philadelphia, it's going to be right on that cusp of maybe seeing an inch or maybe not," FOX Weather meteorologist Marissa Torres said. "It’s a big asterisk here because we're still fine-tuning the totals."
NOAA expects a colder pattern to develop for a large part of the East in March, which could be a solution for winter weather lovers if there is enough precipitation to take advantage of the colder air.
But if March ends on a relatively snowless note, the chances for measurable snow decrease tremendously during April as average high temperatures reach the 50s and 60s across most of the northern tier of the country.