How much snow is coming to New York City? New forecasts and winter weather warnings were also issued
New York – A winter weather advisory has been issued for New York City, Long Island, parts of New Jersey and Westchester County for tomorrow, as snow and extremely cold temperatures will create hazardous travel conditions, especially for the evening commute. Some local school districts have already announced closures and early dismissals in anticipation.
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Here’s when the New York City area can expect snow, when conditions will be the worst, and how many inches we’ll see by Saturday.
Thursday night: The sky will remain cloudy and temperatures will drop to 28 degrees Celsius in the city.
Friday morning: Light, dry snow will develop from the southwest to the northeast between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., initially falling at a rate of 0.25 inches per hour. New Jersey and the western lower Hudson Valley will see snow first, around 7 a.m., while flurries will begin to accumulate in New York City and Long Island around 10 a.m. Temperatures will remain in the low to mid 20s, ideal conditions for snow. Stick and pile up.
Friday afternoon: Between noon and 7 p.m., snowfall will begin to accelerate, at a rate of 0.5 inch per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures could reach 30 at their highs. Snowfall will reduce visibility in the evening.
Friday evening: The snow is expected to taper off starting at 6 p.m. in most of the area, though it may continue to fall until 8 p.m. in parts of Long Island, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will drop to frigid lows, with wind chills in the lower single digits.
Wind chill Friday night (National Weather Service)
If left untreated, snow and sleet will create dangerous icy conditions on the roads.
New York City could see anywhere from 1 to 3 inches, according to Fox 5 New YorkNick Gregory, less snow is expected in the north, and greater amounts are expected in central and southern New Jersey.
Total snow expected in the New York City area for Friday (National Weather Service)
National meteorologists expect up to 3 inches of snow to fall in New York City. On the higher end, New York City, Long Island and most of northern New Jersey could see up to 5 inches of snow, the NWS predicts. Forecasters say New York City will see 2 inches if low pressure persists to the south.
Coastal New Jersey will likely see the most snow in our area, with 4 to 6 inches of snow expected.
What areas could see 6 inches of snow?
Winter storm warnings have been issued for parts of New Jersey that could see up to 6 inches of snow.
This includes Monmouth County near the coast, home to Freehold and Sandy Hook.
Several South Jersey counties, such as Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem, could see these higher totals as well. The National Weather Service also expects northern and central counties of Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Mercer to see 3 to 5 inches.
Weekend weather: Arctic air mass brings bitter cold
Bitter winter air has blanketed much of the United States, affecting millions of Americans with its chilling grip from border to border.
Total snow expected in the Northeast until Saturday, January 20, 2024. (Fox Weather)
Subzero temperatures will continue throughout the weekend, with wind chills remaining near zero starting Friday night.
Saturday and Sunday morning will see temperatures in the teens, but gusty winds will make it feel like the single digits.
Saturday night cold wind
Afternoon temperatures will reach the upper 20s and lower 30s.
When will the cold wave end?
By next week, New York City should finally see some relief. Temperatures finally rose above the freezing mark by Monday and reach the 40s on Tuesday.
A look at the temperature forecast through January 26, 2024. (Fox Weather)
According to the long-range temperature forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, next week will likely see above-average temperatures for late January across much of the United States.
“We’ll get our own natural heater next week, thankfully. And across the country, the entire Lower 48 is expected to be above average in areas that were much lower,” he said. Fox Weather Meteorologist Jane Menard.
New York City ends record streak without snow
It’s been nearly two years, but record snow-free lines finally ended after more than 700 days in New York City when a winter storm dumped snow across the region.
The National Weather Service says Central Park received 0.4 inches of snow Monday, followed by 1.2 inches of snow falling between midnight and 1 p.m. Tuesday, bringing the storm’s total to 1.6 inches of snow.
Central Park is the official measuring site for New York City.
FOX Weather helped contribute to this report.
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