It may be beautiful today, but NYC could see record low temperatures—in the 30s—and snow flurries this weekend.
And yes, it will be in the middle of May.
The National Weather Service announced that a cold front is coming through, and will result in temperatures that will be 15-20 degrees below average this weekend. Part of NYC could even see snow flurries on Saturday, while parts of upstate NY could see anywhere from a dusting to multiple inches.
According to NBC News, the last time New York City has temperatures in the 30s in May was 1978, so it could set a historic low.
Enjoy the mostly sunny day today with temps in the low to middle 60s because it's going to get chilly into the weekend! Temps will be 15 – 20 degrees below average by Saturday and some locations NW of NYC may see some rare mid-May snow! #NYwx #NJwx #CTwx pic.twitter.com/lbW6ztMnaD
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) May 7, 2020
While snow won't stick on the ground for long, if at all, parts of Maine might see more significant accumulations over a foot. ❄️
Flurries for NYC and Boston perhaps on Saturday as rare & powerful May "bomb cyclone" Nor'easter develops off New England coast. pic.twitter.com/aOHT4APBfp
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) May 7, 2020
The Weather Channel reported that “intensifying low pressure in the Northeast may become a bomb cyclone,” which is “a drop in the storm’s central pressure by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less.” This will result in snow in Northern New England as the cyclone “wraps moisture into sufficiently cold air.”
Accuweather shows historic temperatures in NYC according to their records here:
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