WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Westchester residents will be feeling warmer temperatures next week, but meteorologists say that the winter weather is not done.
More snow is expected to come Saturday and again Monday night going into Tuesday morning, said Mark Pacquette, a long-range forecaster for Accuweather.com. There will then be sunshine and above average temperatures Tuesday through the weekend.
“The bad news is, it’s not going to last forever,” Pacquette said, referring to the above-average temps.
In late February a cold front will come in, lowering temperatures through the beginning of March and possibly longer. Storms could come up the coast, possibly leading to more snow next month, Pacquette said.
“I expect that we will see more snow,” said Bill Jacquemin, president of the Connecticut Weather Center in Danbury Conn. “Even though there could be a relaxation in the harsh winter weather, I do not think we can say spring is around the corner.”
The constant snowstorms make it feel like a harsher winter than usual, but snowfall totals for Connecticut and Westchester are actually normal this year.
"No, it's not historic, not by any stretch of the imagination," said Gary Lessor, assistant to the director of meteorological studies and the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
New York City has seen its ninth snowiest winter ever.
“This year would be in the Top 10, but not in the Top 5. …yet,” Jacquemin said.
Lessor said that winter is about 75-percent done. He said that this winter has felt particularly harsh because it has been unrelenting between the snow and the cold. "We've gone from subzero to a snowstorm back to subzero. We have not had a break from winter."
Pacquette said that residents suffering from cabin fever should get out next week and enjoy the warm weather, but warned that the higher temperatures will melt the snow, which could lead to lots of mud and potential flooding issues.