The East Coast's First Snow Could Happen Next Week

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Winter is coming here. Forget the pumpkin spice, the Rockefeller Center tree going up, and Sarah Palin's new book that stokes the fears of a war on Christmas — the truest sign that the cruel season of winter is upon us has arrived: temperatures all up and down the East Coast will plunge into the 30s, and a nor'easter might be in our future next week. For readers in the Midwest, especially those in the great state of Wisconsin, and upstate New York — yes, we know you had your first snow of the season right before Halloween.

But many East Coasters just aren't as sturdy as you. We're not as tough as you, and we just can't accept winter yet. That said, here's the scary, bone-chilling temperatures that meteorologists at The Weather Channel are predicting on Tuesday: 

Mind you, it is currently 50 degrees or so in New York City right now. Tuesday's lows are forecasted to be in the high 30s. Of course, cold temperatures are just one element of the snow equation. You need a storm. And the weather gurus say there might be one around Tuesday. Henry Margusity of Accuweather writes:

My thinking today is that wave of low pressure runs along the Arctic front from Iowa to West Virginia, spreading a swath of light snow Monday night through Tuesday. The storm jumps to the coast near Virginia Beach and intensifies. As the trough digs into the East and cuts off, the storm actually will move north-northwest which will put the Appalachians form West Virginia into Pennsylvania in the middle of the heaviest snow.

For East Coasters who think this is too early, just keep in mind that for many people last year the first snow came in the form of Hurricane Sandy (which brought snow to West Virginia). And winter storm Athena came rolling in right on Sandy's heels during the first week of November.

We know that you're cursing this news under your breath right now. And we're right there with you. Believe us, we hope everyone's wrong too. 

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