PIX11 WEATHER CENTER — Wednesday will be the calm before the storm as high pressure will slowly retreat offshore in the afternoon.
We can expect mostly sunny skies Wednesday morning, giving way to high clouds this afternoon. Our temperatures will still be below normal, only reaching the upper 20s. This cold air will set the stage for the next storm system which will move into the region overnight.
Snow will begin to fall in the city around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. The snow will be heavy at times between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m., causing low visibility, making driving treacherous during the morning rush.
Later Thursday morning, the snow will mix with and change to rain along coastal areas as the storm tracks closer to the area. The precipitation is expected to remain all snow for the interior sections of the tri-state area. Accumulations are expected to be in the six to eight inch range for NYC and northeastern N.J., eight to 12 inches for the northern and western suburbs, and tow to four inches for the Jersey Shore and eastern Long Island.
The coastal areas will see the rain change back to snow on Friday morning briefly before it comes to an end. Gusty northeast winds will also cause some minor coastal flooding issues for western Long Island sound and the Barrier Islands of Long Island.
Temperatures will be slightly milder in the low to mid 30s over the next few days as the storm moves past the region.
The weekend will see another chance of light snow as a weak “Alberta Clipper” system moves through on Saturday. Sunday will be partly cloudy on Sunday with temperatures approaching seasonable levels.