Even though it isn’t officially winter, New Yorkers might get a dusting of snow Thursday night. A snow alert was issued by the New York City Department of Sanitation, My Fox NY reported. The white stuff could start to fall after 8 p.m. EST.
There’s a 90 percent chance of rain "with some snow mixing in overnight,” the Gothamist wrote. DSNY cautioned commuters to drive carefully.
The snow alert is the first one of the season after temperatures dipped into the 40s in mid-November. The accumulation isn’t expected to be high, though. It’s believed there will be 1 inch of snow for the worst-hit areas, My Fox NY said. With a little snowfall likely, workers will reportedly be ready with salt spreaders, plows and tire chains to help ease travel for commuters.
DSNY issues 'snow alert' for 8 p.m. tonight. Salt spreaders are loaded and ready to be deployed. Drive carefully. pic.twitter.com/LJYhSKtMQA
— NYC Sanitation (@NYCSanitation) November 13, 2014
It was first reported it might snow on Halloween. Though there was precipitation that fell, the temperature didn’t drop low enough for snow.
People have been weary about winter 2014-2015 after the polar vortex last year, but USA Today wrote that polar vortex part deux is “unlikely.” This winter won’t be as frigid as the last because the climate pattern that caused the cold front is “really unlikely to form," Mike Halpert, acting director of the prediction center in College Park, Maryland, told the news site.
Last year during the polar vortex, it was so cold that boiling water would freeze in seconds when thrown into the air. The ferocious cold froze parts of Lake Michigan and parts of Niagara Falls with temperatures that dipped 40 degrees below zero.
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