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Polar Vortex Could Bring Pre-Thanksgiving Bitter Cold, Snow To Westchester

A look at the pattern that could result in a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm in the tristate area.
A look at the pattern that could result in a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm in the tristate area. Photo Credit: AccuWeather.com

The tristate area could see a significant storm with snow, bitter cold and wind during the days prior to Thanksgiving, AccuWeather.com said late Wednesday.

The polar vortex is a storm that typically hangs out within the Arctic Circle. Arctic air is usually locked up within the bounds of this storm. The area along the Atlantic Seaboard is often a perfect breeding ground for storms in situations like this, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

"The clash between the arriving arctic air and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean could help instigate a major storm several days before Thanksgiving," Duffey said.

Such a storm can pose major travel problems should the storm grab the cold air fast enough to produce heavy snow inland and heavy rain and wind on the coast.

The magnitude and path of the cold air as well as the exact formation and track of the storm may become clear later next week.

"There is the risk for the first major snowstorm somewhere in the Northeast during the period from Saturday, Nov. 18, to Tuesday, Nov. 22," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.

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