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A Snow Alert has been issued for New York tonight

Written by
Ben Lerman

Snow my god! It may actually snow in NYC tonight.

When you unwrapped that scarf and gloves on Christmas, it seemed like a cruel prank. Temperatures in the 70s last Friday had New Yorkers dining al fresco in t-shirts and surfing in the Rockaways.

But now, the joke's over. A "snow alert" has been issued starting at 8pm tonight by the Department of Sanitation, the city agency responsible for clearing any potential snow.

With the National Weather Service forecast calling for rain and sleet and a low of 33, the northern parts of the city may see a few flurries, which they will witness with all the wonder of a Malawian child seeing snow for the first time.

So retrieve your cold weather gifts from the "return" pile. With the record high temperatures we've been experiencing, the cold air—even above freezing—will come as a chilly shock.

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