NEW YORK (PIX11) - A winter storm warning is now in effect for New York City and western Long Island as the tri-state area braces for heavy snow and frigid temperatures.
The warning is in effect from noon on Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. An arctic front will pass through the area this evening allowing frigid temperatures overnight tonight. At the same time, an area of low pressure will pass just and south and east of us creating another snow storm for us.
Snow accumulation is expected to be between six and ten inches with winds gusting up to 35 mph. The snow will be the first in a combo 1-2 punch, as temperatures drop down to Polar Vortex cold — with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero.
This storm, currently located in the midsection of the country will make its way to the Carolinas. As it heads offshore, the low will intensify as it moves northeast. Snow could develop in our area as early as midday tomorrow.
The winds will also begin to pick up creating winds chill that could in the single digits by late afternoon. With temperatures at around 20 degrees tomorrow, this will be a very fluffy snow that easily gets picked up in the wind. White out conditions are possible during the brunt of the storm which is expected to be late in the afternoon into the evening.
The evening commute will be severely affected due to the heavy snow. As we head later into toward midnight, wind chills will go into the 0 to -10 degree range. Eventually the snow will taper off early Wednesday morning, however the AM commute could be affected as well since road crews will still be digging out. Daytime highs will struggle to reach 20. Wind chill values could be around 0 to 10 in the afternoon.
Officials out on Long Island are by no means downplaying this storm. They have their emergency crews ready to hit the roads. Hundreds of trucks and employees will be out in advance of the storm
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone couldn’t stress enough that this is the kind of storm in which you have to check on your neighbors. The cold and the snow will be a dangerous combination.
Mass Transit is expected to begin as a regularly scheduled day. The state will make a decision on the Long Island Expressway, as of right now there are no plans to close it.
Across Long Island, people flocked to their nearby hardware stores to stock up on snow blowers and ice melt.
People on Long Island were taking this storm seriously, hoping it is not as bad as the storm that walloped Long Island just two weeks ago.