Arctic Air Stops Major Snowfall but Will Bring Chilly Week, Experts Say

By Aidan Gardiner on March 3, 2014 7:44am 

 Cold air kept the latest snowstorm to a light dusting.
Cold air kept the latest snowstorm to a light dusting.
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NEW YORK CITY — Arctic air stopped a predicted snowstorm from dropping up to 10 inches on New York Sunday night — but it will cause another freezing week, meteorologists said.

Schools were open, subways running close to normal and those headed into work could expect mostly clear roadways, officials said.

"But this will be a cold week, colder than normal," said National Weather Service spokesman Tim Morrin. "The normal high temperature for the city this week is 44. We're not expecting anything close to that."

Daily high temperatures Monday and Tuesday were likely to stay in the 20s before reaching into the 30s for the rest of the week, the NWS said.

But because of the cold, the city was only covered in less than an inch of snow — far less than the predicted onslaught.

"The cold dry air won out. It suppressed all the snow down to the southern portions of New Jersey and Pennsylvania," Morrin said.

The National Weather Service had issued a winter weather advisory, but retracted it Sunday night when meteorologists realized where the heaviest snow would fall.

For the forecast in your neighborhood, check DNAinfo's weather page.

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