Weather Statement: Accumulating Snow During The Evening Commute

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   WILD WEATHER A named storm could unleash travel chaos across the UK on Christmas Day

The National Weather Service in Upton said that as much as four inches of snow could fall overnight, with isolated snow showers continuing on Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM this evening.

Snow is expected to start falling this afternoon, with the heaviest accumulation to occur between 3 and 6 p.m. - just in time for rush hour.

Here's the snowfall forecast for northeastern New Jersey, New York City and Long Island.

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     MAPPED Predictive weather charts show a band of low pressure over the UK on Christmas day
WX CHARTS MAPPED Predictive weather charts show a band of low pressure over the UK on Christmas day

We've already noted that the 4.1 inches on Saturday qualified as unusual; a snowfall of 4 inches or more has occurred before December 10 on only four other times in the last 50 years. Since the majority of the flakes will come down during the evening commute, officials are warning residents to be cautious when driving, biking or walking.

"This risky dip in temperatures can be a life or death situation and we want to make sure people find a warm place to lay their head when conditions outdoors get severe", said Grace Centers of Hope CEO Pastor Kent W. Clark in the statement. Motorists are urged to use extra caution if traveling this evening.

Longmont should see highs in the 50s over the next two days, but could see snow and a drop in temperatures on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny with a daytime high temperature of in the upper 30s, the weather service said. Here are some tips to stay safe on the roadways.

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