PIX11 WEATHER CENTER — The winter storm is packing a stronger punch that expected, with greater snowfall totals now predicted across the region.The PIX11 Weather Center is now predicting totals ranging from 5 to 8 inches on the Jersey Shore and the South Shore of Long Island, 8 to 12 inches in and around the city, and a foot to 18 inches north and west of the city. Snow has been falling as intensely as four inches an hour.
Sleet and rain is beginning to mix on Long Island and the city, and it will switch to all rain by 1 p.m. There will be a lull in the precipitation this afternoon then all areas change back to snow later in the evening and additional accumulation can be expected through early morning Friday. The Winter Storm Warning will remain in effect until 6 a.m.
Strong winds of as high as 50 mph this afternoon will reduce visibility and cause blowing and drifting.
Linda Church will have regular updates all morning. Click HERE to watch her report live.