Snow alert issued for NYC starting Thursday night

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NEW YORK — Two days into March and the city has issued a snow alert for the five boroughs as a wintry storm heads this way.

The alert goes into effect at 10 p.m. Thursday, according to the New York City Department of Sanitation.

While the alert doesn't guarantee snow will fall, it means the city is getting prepared in case of a dusting — or more. The city's department of sanitation is preparing hundreds of salt spreaders, plows and tire chains in case they're needed.

Preliminary forecasts show snow moving into the five boroughs Friday morning, potentially snarling the commute, PIX11 News meteorologist Linda Church said.

It's expected to end by 11 p.m., leaving in its wake between 1/2 an inch and 1 1/2 inches of accumulation.