national snow cover map

You'll have to excuse Gothamist for sounding like a broken record, but today marks the eighth straight day of much warmer than normal temperatures. We fell well short of the record high yesterday, and the 10 a.m. temperature of 58 was only five degrees shy of today's record, but we've cooled off since then as the skies have darkened. Clouds and light rain are moving in and they may prevent the air from warming up much further. What rain we get should be minimal, although there is a slight chance of showers after lunch time.

The rain and clouds are the harbingers of another in a string of weak cold fronts. This particular cold front is the weak remains of last week's storm in the Pacific Northwest. Passing over the Rockies has rendered the storm mostly impotent. Tomorrow and Wednesday's highs will only be in the mid-40s, which is still a couple degrees above normal for this time of year. We return to near 50 degrees on Thursday and that warmth currently looks like it will last through the weekend.

If the warmth does continue there is no chance of a white Christmas. Judging from the this morning's snow cover map, above, if you want a white Christmas you'll need to head to northern New England, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or way out west to the Rockies.

Snow cover map from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center.