Holiday travelers, take heed: It's beginning to look like a snowy weekend.
As of Thursday morning, 65 percent of the U.S. was covered in snow, surpassing last winter's highest amount of coverage, which was a mere 48 percent on last Valentine's Day. Just as Winter Storm Draco and Winter Storm Euclid have already left their mark, a new storm system is forming that could dump even more snow on the U.S. from Ohio to Maine.
“Upper-level energy coming together over the Midwest will quickly dart to the Northeast and help to generate a surface low that will track from the Southeast to off mid-Atlantic and New England coasts,” Weather Channel writer Chris Dolce said Friday. “With sufficient cold air in place, this should allow for light snow to spread from parts of the Ohio Valley on Friday evening to portions of the Northeast on Saturday.”
But signs indicate this new storm system should move along quickly, keeping snow levels down to a few inches. Philadelphia, Boston and New York City could see anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow or higher on Saturday.
Though not exactly titanic in proportion, the new storm may strain areas still cleaning up after Euclid. 19 states saw more than six inches of snow from that storm, which is now moving away from Maine along the coast of Nova Scotia. Maine saw between 10 and 17 inches of snow from Euclid, but the crown for snowfall total appears to be held by Savoy, Mass., which got 20.2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Euclid also spawned a few tornadoes in the Southeast, setting a record for Christmas Day twisters with 13 confirmed and 12 suspected tornadoes. None, thankfully, have been implicated in any fatalities, though two people were killed by falling tree branches elsewhere, according to Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters.
New Yorkers might relish a bit of snow in what has been a relatively flake-free winter. Since the storm is expected to be relatively mild and falls on a weekend, on Friday New York Times reporter Andy Newman waxed lyrical on its potential.
“The temperature will hover in the mid-30s -- just cold enough for the snow to safely stick, but no colder. The breeze will be sufficient to make cheeks rosy, but will not slash at the skin or penetrate down the necks of parkas,” Newman wrote. “For the better part of the day, the snow will continue -- gently, never blinding. By the time it ceases for good shortly before midnight, two to four inches will have fallen -- just enough, perhaps, to permit sledding.”
If you are looking for the perfect sledding hill in the Big Apple, the New York City Parks Department keeps a list of favorite slopes throughout the five boroughs.