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New York City brace for two back-to-back snowstorms this week

New Yorkers are bracing for two more snow storms this week as a polar vortex hits the entire US with freezing temperatures on Monday. 

Forecasters are warning that the first storm this week is expected to bring snow from parts of Nebraska to Maine. It will hit the Big Apple Tuesday morning, but may be more of a dusting. 

‘Accumulating snow is expected on Tuesday. The snow should be lighter than what we have seen recently, but still impact the morning commute,’ New York’s National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted Monday morning. 

‘Hazardous travel is possible especially across the Lower Hudson Valley and S Connecticut. Light snow may mix with rain near the coast,’ the NWS added. 

New York City could see up to an inch fall while areas north of the city could up to three inches. The snowfall will begin during the morning commute through the afternoon, according to Accuweather.   

New Yorkers are bracing for two more snow storms this week as a polar vortex hits the entire US with freezing temperatures on Monday

Forecasters are warning that the first storm this week is expected to bring snow from parts of Nebraska to Maine. It will hit the Big Apple Tuesday morning, but it's only expected to bring a dusting. New York is expected to get two to three inches on Tuesday

Forecasters are warning that the first storm this week is expected to bring snow from parts of Nebraska to Maine. It will hit the Big Apple Tuesday morning, but it’s only expected to bring a dusting. New York is expected to get two to three inches on Tuesday 

The first snow storm this week will come from the Midwest before heading to the Northeast on Tuesday morning

The first snow storm this week will come from the Midwest before heading to the Northeast on Tuesday morning 

The second snowstorm is expected to hit parts of the Northeast early Thursday morning

The second snowstorm is expected to hit parts of the Northeast early Thursday morning 

AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said that the storm ‘appears to be a quick-mover, which overall is likely to limit how much fresh snow can accumulate’.

Hoegg warned that just a few inches could cause slippery conditions on roads and sidewalks and that residents in these areas should take precautions while traveling.

She also cautioned that the storm could strengthen as it moves to the Northeast, which would allow for higher snowfall totals in places like upstate New York and Massachusetts. 

The second storm could be slightly bigger, bringing an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow to New York City on Thursday. 

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), ‘higher amounts up to 6 inches’ are possible in other parts of the Northeast.  

Meanwhile, residents of cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Des Moines, woke up to temperatures around 0 degrees Monday morning.   

The NWS said in an advisory that ‘residents across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest will start off the work week with continued below average temperatures and brutal wind chills’.

‘Wind chill values well below zero and as low as -50 degrees could be experienced at times across this region.’

Meanwhile, residents of cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Des Moines, woke up to temperatures around 0 degrees Monday morning

Meanwhile, residents of cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Des Moines, woke up to temperatures around 0 degrees Monday morning

The NWS said in an advisory that 'residents across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest will start off the work week with continued below average temperatures and brutal wind chills'

The NWS said in an advisory that ‘residents across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest will start off the work week with continued below average temperatures and brutal wind chills’

The extreme weather comes just a week after Winter Storm Orlena battered the region, dropping more than 17 inches of snow in New York and 30 inches in parts of New Jersey

The extreme weather comes just a week after Winter Storm Orlena battered the region, dropping more than 17 inches of snow in New York and 30 inches in parts of New Jersey

While the area was still trying to dig out from under that snow, Winter Storm Quade hit New York and other parts of the Northeast on Sunday, dropping an extra 8 inches of snow on the snowpacked area. A family leaves a storm on Sunday amid Winter Storm Quade

While the area was still trying to dig out from under that snow, Winter Storm Quade hit New York and other parts of the Northeast on Sunday, dropping an extra 8 inches of snow on the snowpacked area. A family leaves a storm on Sunday amid Winter Storm Quade 

The Polar Vortex Explained 

The stratospheric polar vortex is located in the layer that is 5-30 miles above Earth’s surface and only appears in winter. 

Sudden Stratospheric Warmings (SSWs) are occasions in the winter (~6 times per decade), when the polar stratosphere warms and the winds that normally flow from west to east around the North Pole weaken dramatically and even reverse direction, corresponding to a breakdown of the polar vortex. 

These SSWs can eventually cause the tropospheric jet stream to weaken, which allows cold air bottled up near the polar cap to escape and expand into the middle latitudes, such as the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia.

This cold air has now escaped and is set to hit the US on Monday.  

Source: Climate.gov 

The severe cold snap was caused by a polar vortex pushing arctic winds down into the US, where all 50 states – even Hawaii – are expected to experience below freezing temperatures. 

More than 212 million Americans will affected by the bitterly cold conditions.  

The NWS has warned that the flash freeze will ‘quickly turn any wet or slushy roads to ice,’ and create dangerous driving conditions.  

The extreme weather comes just a week after Winter Storm Orlena battered the region, dropping more than 17 inches of snow in New York and 30 inches in parts of New Jersey. 

The storm dumped a whopping 35 inches of snow in Mt Arlington, New Jersey – the most seen there since 1899. 

Orlena forced the temporary closure of schools, businesses and COVID-19 vaccination centers in the early part of last week. 

While the area was still trying to dig out from under that snow, Winter Storm Quade hit New York on Sunday, dropping an extra 8 inches of snow on the snowpacked area. 


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