Snow blankets tri-state area as second winter storm approaches

NEW YORK — As the first of two storms moves along the tri-state area Saturday morning, a winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the region as the second storm approaches.

Parts of the region saw snow totals anywhere between an inch on Long Island to 5 inches in New Jersey as of Saturday morning.

Airports in the tri-state area are also experiencing delays at an average of 30 minutes to one hour in several flights, according to Flightaware.com.

Anyone traveling is advised to check with their airlines for any delays and cancellations.

Snow is expected to taper off before the afternoon. The rest of Saturday will remain cloudy, with highs in the upper 30s. In the evening, a cold front could bring a brief round of snow showers with perhaps coating in spots. Temperatures drop into the lower 30s.

A more impressive storm moves in Sunday night bringing the potential of heavy snow where amounts could total as much as 10 inches. It just a matter of where in the region does that occur.

Sunday could feature some sun in the morning, but the clouds will return in the afternoon as the next, more potent storm moves into the region. Snow could move in during the evening and depending on the exact track of the low, could mix at times with some rain along the coast.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to prepare for possibly significant snowfall, where parts of the state car see up to 12 inches of snow.

"With Mother Nature showing no sign of slowing down this winter, many regions of the state are once again expecting significant snowfall Sunday night that has the potential to impact the Monday morning commute," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge New Yorkers to keep an eye on their local forecasts and to stay off the roads through the duration of the storm unless absolutely necessary to ensure a fast and safe cleanup effort in the impacted regions."

Newark officials also announced the city has launched emergency preparations in advance of the storm.

The winter storm watch goes into effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for parts of the Hudson, Essex and Union counties.

Those traveling are advised to be cautious due to hazardous conditions.

Either way, the storm should depart early Monday morning leaving us with a very cold upcoming workweek. The jet stream will take a dip across the eastern half of the nation and that will allow temperatures will be only be in the 30s for Monday and Tuesday.

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