Winter Storm to Slip by New York, Leaving City With Mostly Rain

(Bloomberg) -- A winter storm swirling up from Texas will thread its way north, mostly sparing New York, Washington and Chicago after dumping snow and ice from the Midwest to northern New England.

New York may get sleet starting late Wednesday followed by a shift to rain by early Thursday as commuters head into work, said Bob Oravec, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Snow and ice is expected north and west of the city. The storm’s biggest punch will pass just south of Chicago.

“With respect to the larger cities on the East Coast, the worst stuff is inland,” Oravec said in a telephone interview. “it’s not a super big storm.”

The heaviest snows have already fallen in the mountains of New Mexico and across parts of west Texas, which got as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters).

The East Coast’s relative snow drought this season will persist. The pattern since autumn has mostly kept heavy snow storms to the west and north of New York, Washington and Boston.

Through Tuesday, New York got 4.8 inches of snow in Central Park, or 8.6 inches below the long-term average, according to the National Weather Service. Boston is 10.2 inches below seasonal totals and Washington is 8.8 inches less than normal.

While the cities miss out, upstate New York and northern New England may pick up 6 inches to 12 inches of snow, said Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua, New Hampshire.

“It will be fantastic for ski country,” said Carolan, who provides forecasts for Bloomberg Radio. “They look like they are going to get pounded. Northern New England and northern New York are going to do quite well.”

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