NEW YORK (PIX11) – A coastal storm will bring heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions for the Tri-State Region. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Suffolk and Nassau Counties starting tomorrow night. The National Weather Service issues this when sustained winds are expected to be at 35 mph or higher as well as visibilities down to 1/4 mile or less. These two conditions are needed to last for at least 3 hours. Elsewhere, Winter Storm Warnings are issued for the City, upstate New York and Northern New Jersey. Keep in mind though that blizzard warnings are not issued for these areas, its will still be dangerous to be out and about Thursday Night.
Snow is expected to begin as early as tonight after midnight. Generally expecting it to be on the light side and with some breaks from time to time. These intermittent snow showers are only expected to give a coating to perhaps an inch by 5pm.
As the we head into the evening, we will get then full brunt of the storm. Low pressure bringing in the snow will intensify. As a result, the snow will becoming steady and heavy. Winds will pick up with gusts to around 35 mph reducing visibilities. The snow will drift around causing major headaches on the roads, rails and air ways.
The snow will taper off by midday and skies will gradually clear out during the afternoon. In terms of snow accumulations, we are expecting around 6-9″ for the city and north. For parts of Long Island and into Connecticut, as much as a foot of snow is possible with them being closer to the center of the storm. In Central and Southern New Jersey, 4-6″ is possible.
As the storm departs, expected one of the coldest day and night in a long time. Highs on Friday are expected to be in the upper teens. Friday night’s low is expected to be in the single digits. Areas north and west could go below 0. Wind chill could be 0 to -10 by Friday morning. By Saturday we will moderate into the upper 20s.