When will it start snowing?: Timeline of Blizzard of 2016

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NEW YORK – A blizzard is barreling toward New York City, threatening to dump up to a foot of snow on the five boroughs, Long Island and parts of New Jersey.

It’s expected to reach the tri-state area early Saturday and bring hours of heavy snow, whipping winds and, at times, whiteout conditions.

Combine the storm’s gale force winds with a full moon and there’s a chance of coastal flooding, with high tide potentially creating a 3-foot storm surge across the Jersey shore. By Saturday evening, the high tide is expected to pose problems along the shores of Long Island and New York City where a 2 ½- to 4-foot surge is possible.

Below is a breakdown of when the most significant portions of the storm are expected to begin and end.

Times are subject to change as the forecast evolves.

SATURDAY

3 a.m.

  • Snow begins to fall in southern New Jersey

4 a.m.

  • Blizzard warning goes into effect for New York City, Long Island, and central and southern New Jersey

6 a.m.

  • Snow begins to fall in New York City
  • Winter storm warning is in effect for Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties in New Jersey

SATURDAY HIGH TIDES

Battery Park

  • 7:31 a.m.
  • 7:59 p.m.

Jamaica Bay

  • 7:25 a.m.
  • 7:53 p.m.

Glen Cove, N.Y.

  • 10:36 a.m.
  • 11:04 p.m.

Freeport, N.Y.

  • 7:37 a.m.
  • 8:05 p.m.

Stamford, Conn.

  • 10:31 a.m.
  • 11 p.m.

Sandy Hook, N.J.

  • 7 a.m.
  • 7:28 p.m.

Seaside Heights, N.J.

  • 6:30 a.m.
  • 6:58 p.m.

SUNDAY

12 p.m.

  • Blizzard warning expires for New York City, Long Island, and central and southern New Jersey

1 p.m.

  • Winter storm warning expires for Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties in New Jersey
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