Bitter blast of cold brings first snow of the season to tri-state area

NEW YORK — The streak of unseasonably warm weather came to an abrupt end over the weekend when temperatures plunged, bringing inches of snow to parts of the tri-state.

A sharp cold front pushed through tri-state area Saturday night and caused temperatures to drop more than 20 degrees within two hours.

Rain began to fall about 9 p.m. and it quickly turned into snow showers, accumulating almost immediately. Lightning and thunder accompanied the heaviest burst of snow.

A mix of rain and wet snowflakes even made it to the five boroughs.

When the squalls stopped, the higher terrain north and west of New York City had a coating to a couple inches of snow. Elevations above 1,000 feet picked up 3 to 6 inches.

Salisbury Mills and Monroe in Orange County had up to 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Residents Fairfield County in Connecticut saw about 3 inches of snow.

Most of New Jersey got less than an inch of snow, but people in Sussex County woke up to nearly 7 inches of snow.

Unseasonably cold temperatures will continue Sunday night into Monday along with the strong winds. Lows will approach the freezing mark for the first time this season in NYC.

The low temperatures, combined with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph, will make it quite a harsh Monday morning to start off the work week.

Monday afternoon highs will stay in the 40s. Tuesday will reach the mid- and upper 40's.

Getaway Wednesday looks quiet in our area, but some rain is likely on Thanksgiving Day and highs will be back up closer to 50.