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Cold, Possible Snow to Ring in New Year in NYC

Cold air returns to the New York area in time for New Year's Eve revelers on Times Square and could set the stage for a Thursday to Friday snowstorm.

Expect good travel weather Monday, Tuesday and New Year's Day. However, the cold may be pose a challenge for those spending time outdoors.

On New Year's Eve, temperatures will be falling into the 20s with RealFeel® temperatures in the teens.

Nothing more than a flurry will drift across Manhattan in advance of the blizzard of confetti.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring the potential for a snowstorm in the Northeast on Thursday into Friday.

If the storm organizes quickly enough, accumulating snow could fall on New York City and a large part of the Northeast Thursday into Friday.

If the storm is slow to strengthen, New England would be clobbered with heavy snow by the storm with light snow westward along the I-80 corridor to the Midwest.

Regardless of the amount of snow and strength of the storm for New York City, the coldest air of the season so far will empty out of Canada Friday.

According to Long Range Weather Expert Jack Boston, "If New York's Central Park fails to reach 20 degrees for a high temperature on Friday, it will be the first time this has occurred since Jan. 16, 2009."

Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. EST. We will be talking about the brutal Midwest cold and the potential snowstorm in the Northeast.