Department of Sanitation issues snow alert for 8 p.m.

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NEW YORK (PIX11) - A snow alert will go into effect Thursday evening for New York City, the Department of Sanitation posted on its Twitter account.

Plows are loaded with salt and ready to clear whatever snow may fall from the sky as temperatures are expected to drop to near freezing, turning rain into at least some light flurries in the early hours of Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snowfall is not expected to clear 1/2 inch, but city agencies will be monitoring the forecast throughout the evening for changes.  Residents are encouraged to get the latest information from the city's severe weather site, and sign up for Notify NYC to get phone calls, text messages and emails warning of weather events.

Thanks to high pressure moving into the region, expect partly cloudy skies in the afternoon with a brisk northwest wind that will make it feel more like December than the warmer-than-usual temperatures we were treated to earlier in the week.

The high temperature will be 47 in the city, mid to upper 40s in the suburbs.

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy with light rain developing with some wet snow mixing in over the northern and western suburbs. The low will be 35 in the city, low to mid 30s in the suburbs.

Friday will be cloudy in the morning followed by gradual clearing in the afternoon as Canadian high pressure regains control of the weather of the region. Temperatures will be in the mid-40s for much of the region.

The frosty air blanketing the tri-state appears to be sticking around through the next week.

Click for more information on this blast of cold air that's affecting much of the country.

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