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Meteorological winter starts on Thursday, but prolonged waves of Arctic air and the chance for nor’easters may not arrive until after the start of the new year.

AccuWeather Global Weather Center – November 30, 2022 – This winter is shaping up to be a roller coaster ride in New York City, according to the latest long-range prognostications from AccuWeather meteorologists. The meteorological winter season will start Thursday, Dec. 1, while astronomical winter will begin on the winter solstice at 4:48 p.m. EST on Dec. 21. No matter which calendar date you choose to follow, winter is closing in. Here's what residents of the Big Apple and surrounding areas can expect this year.

The worst of winter weather will wait until 2023

•Cold and snowy weather will make appearances in the New York City area during the first half of the winter but will be broken up by spells of milder, snowless conditions.

•The second half of the winter will play out much differently with more chances for Arctic outbreaks and snow, including the chance for nor'easters.

❄️ From the experts: "The more significant snowfall chances are more likely later in January and again toward late winter," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

How much snow will fall in the Big Apple?

•AccuWeather is predicting 18 to 23 inches of snow will fall in New York City this season, below the normal of 29.8 inches. As of Tuesday, Nov. 29, no snow has been measured in Central Park, which is the official observation site for Manhattan.

•The frequency of snow is also forecast to be lower than normal. Typically, there are 11 or 12 days throughout the winter when snowfall accumulations of at least 0.1 of an inch are measured in the city, but this winter, AccuWeather long-range forecasters say that there will only be six to nine days with measurable snow.

❄️ No more snow days? New York City School Chancellor David C. Banks announced there will be no snow days this academic year due to the ability for students to attend classes virtually, NBC News reported.

How will this year compare to recent winters?

•This winter is setting up to be the warmest in three years with AccuWeather forecasters predicting that temperatures from December through February will average at least 2 degrees above normal. The last time it was this mild was the winter of 2019-2020 when temperatures in New York City averaged 2.9 degrees above normal.

•It may be warmer than last winter, but it also may be snowier. Last season brought 17.9 inches of snow, 85% of which fell in January.

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