The National Weather Service said the temperature dipped to 32 degrees at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in Sacramento, and the low is expected to drop to 33 degrees overnight Wednesday and 34 degrees overnight Thursday.
The snow will be hazardous and heavy at times with as much as 24 inches falling in some places in northern New Hampshire.
Conditions are expected to remain stable for Saturday and New Year's Eve revelers, both in CT and Times Square, will likely face temps in the mid-30s.
"Some of the mountains of New Hampshire could receive 2 feet (60 cm) of snow or more", Margusity said.
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Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Snow/mix/rain moves in during the morning and continues for most of the day with a change to all rain. Most of the precipitation should hold off until after the Thursday morning commute. Since Saturday, Kirkwood resort has added 19 inches of snow, while Heavenly has added 12 inches of natural snow. Highs will be warmer in the upper 30s and lower 40s, which is around average. Winds gusting to 35 miles per hour and heavy snow will cause whiteout conditions in these areas. Inland areas - particularly in the higher terrain of upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, as well as interior ME - should remain cold enough to receive all snow.
Meteorologists are warning people in New England and the Great Lakes region about incoming heavy snow and wind being carried into the area by Winter Storm Fortis starting Thursday. WSDOT's holiday travel charts show that traffic is supposed to be much heavier than usual on both Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass.
Sunday looks like a mixture sun ans clouds and a chance of flurries with highs in the 30s.
The Cascades will take the biggest hit during this system, receiving anywhere from a foot to a foot and a half of snow over the next 36 hours.