"I'm dreaming of a white New Year's" doesn't have the same ring to it as Irving Berlin's classic but that looks like what we'll have to settle for in the Big Apple this holiday season. First, though, the remains of the storm from earlier this week is finally far enough away for the winds to die down. As a ridge of high pressure builds overhead we will have a mostly sunny afternoon with a high in the upper 30s.
No sun tomorrow as a low pressure system is expected to form at the Goldilocks spot of 70 degrees west and 40 north. That spot is just right for snow in the city. If the storm forms much further south or east we just get cold air, while if it is closer to the shore we miss the cold air and get rain. If all goes as expected we should have 1-4 inches of snow on the ground by tomorrow evening. The temperature should hold steady around the freezing mark for much of the day tomorrow before dropping into the mid 20s by Sunday morning.
Clear skies should return on Sunday as the storm moves rapidly toward New England. With the snow on the ground Sunday's high won't get much above freezing. A period of cool, calm weather should last well into next week. Look for highs in the low 30s and lows in the lower 20s, or even teens to start 2013. There's a slight chance of flurries on New Year's Eve. Despite these last few days of the year being cool, 2012 is guaranteed to be the warmest year ever recorded in New York.