NEW YORK (PIX11) – A series of storms set to bring heavy rain and flooding to California will collide with a blast of Canadian air as they move across the country, potentially bringing significant snow and ice to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a brutal winter season continues into March.
Thursday night, temperatures in the tri-state area remain bitterly cold, with the wind chill expected to drop well below zero north and west of the New York City.
The temperature over the weekend will determine whether the storm arrives in our area in the form of snow or a rain/snow mix.
Mandatory evacuations are already in place for parts of California, as heavy rain is expected to start in the parched state Thursday before moving across the country. Hillsides left bare by wildfires present a major mudslide danger as rainfall could reach an inch-an-hour.
The storm is projected to continue to move across the west Friday into Saturday, where it will encounter and ride along a cold front. This front will also act as reinforcing shot of cold air for many across the eastern half of the country. Accuweather is reporting that “snow or a wintry mix could fall for 36 hours.” Airports from Kansas City, Mo., to New York City could be affected by the storm.
The storm is expected to reach the Northeast late Sunday into Monday, when the majority of snow is expected to fall. The track still remains unclear on whether the New York City area or Boston will receive the brunt of the storm.