The Polar Vortex Could Bring Snow to the Northeast This Weekend

The Polar Vortex Could Bring Snow to the Northeast This Weekend

The Polar Vortex Could Bring Snow to the Northeast This Weekend

A polar vortex is expected to bring snow over the next few days to parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and record-challenging cold temperatures from the Upper Midwest to New England, the Washington Post reports.

"I know snow on May 9th isn't a welcome sight for many Vermonters, just as we're cautiously allowing outdoor recreation to get going again", he wrote. This year the polar vortex stayed put, and the East had an unusually mild cold season.

Around this time of year, the polar vortex breaks up, but this breakup is a bit different, said Judah Cohen, a winter storm expert for Atmospheric Environmental Research.

The hardest hit areas were hill town communities like Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, which got 10.5 inches, and Carrabasset Valley in ME, which got 9 inches, he said.

According to the NWS, "parts of the Great Lakes, Appalachians, and Northeast will witness wintry precipitation Friday evening and into Saturday as a surface low pressure system rapidly intensifies off the New England coast Saturday morning".

MA hasn't had measurable snow in May since 2002, when two to three inches fell in the Berkshires.

"If we look at the snowfall on average it's zero", said Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

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Snow fell in parts of northern New York state and MA, with accumulations of up to 10 inches in some places, while scattered flurries touched down in Boston and New York City. "But this is just a snapshot in time".

Saturday night will be another cold one, but the wind should be backing off. Temperatures will drop down into the upper 30s to around 40 degrees as the wind starts to shift more southwesterly.

The forecast didn't surprise Rachel Kane, owner of Perennial Pleasures Nursery in East Hardwick, who said snow on Mother's Day isn't uncommon in that area.

Flurries of snow descended in abject defiance of the calendar on Saturday, from Pennsylvania to ME, with white globs of frozen water falling even in Manhattan.

Winter-like weather is bad news for MA golf courses, which were allowed to reopen Thursday after being forced closed by the state because of the coronavirus pandemic. "But to have this happen the minute we are open is quite unbelievable".

Snowfall is headed first for the great lakes region Friday afternoon and, by morning, it is likely to have spread to parts of the North East.

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