(PIX11)-- A winter storm set to strike Sunday night will bring rain and snow, causing icy conditions on streets and concern for commuters Monday morning.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged caution to drivers across New York Sunday afternoon, saying that state equipment is ready to be used if necessary. In addition, NYC's Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert Saturday and has already begun to prepare by loading salt spreaders and attaching snow plows if necessary. PIX11's Weather Center reports that radar is now beginning to detect rain moving toward our area.
Since temperatures are at or above freezing, it shouldn't be much more of a problem than wet roads this evening with some slick spots where the snow is melting.
It does not look like a big snowstorm for our immediate area bit it could be very icy for several hours.
For New York City, nearby New Jersey, Long Island and coastal Connecticut, rain and mixed precipitation will change to primarily sleet then freezing rain for several hours as the temperature drops. This could make untreated roads and walks, treacherous. There is still a good chance it will change to all snow as well at times and by tomorrow evening, an average of 1 to 3 inches is possible.
For central and southern New Jersey, liquid precipitation is expected for a longer period of time but it still could change to sleet then freezing rain for a few hours and even end as snow, but accumulations would be lower.
Highest projections for snow right now would be 3 to 6 inches from about north of I-80 North. Biggest accumulations will occur from about I-84 North, including the Litchfield Hills, Connecticut and Berkshires, over to the New England coast. They could receive one foot or more.
The storm will move away Monday night. Tuesday and Wednesday will be quiet with temperatures a little below normal in the low to middle 30s.
Weather maps are already hinting at another bout with snow on Thursday which would then be followed by another big blast of cold air into next weekend.
All MTA Bridges and Tunnels, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and the New York City Subway buses are operating, with crews ready to remove snow and ice from platforms and subways.
In advance of the winter weather, the Port Authority is prepared to deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities, which is the normal course of operations during winter weather events. The Port Authority urges air and bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the airport or bus terminals to confirm whether their plane or bus will depart and scheduled departure times. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant.