It was another frigid start to the day with morning temperatures on Sunday between 6 and 10 degrees. With the extremely cold air in place, the winter storm begins as snow for most locations. As temperatures rise, there will be a transition to a wintry mix, freezing rain and then rain.
Traveling is not advised as conditions will continue to deteriorate. Snow got underway at 6 p.m. across the boroughs and areas north of the I-95 corridor, including parts of Middlesex, Mercer and points north into the Hudson Valley.
By 9 p.m. Sunday, the warm front will lift allowing for transition to snow in the city. Anticipate moderate to heavy rain across the city, Lower Hudson Valley, NJ, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It will take a bit longer to see the transition in Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties. Also, keep in mind that as temperatures warm, the ground will still be cold. Therefore, freezing rain is possible.
The height of the storm is expected to get underway overnight between midnight and 7 a.m. on Monday. During this time winds are expected to pick up with gusts up to about 70 mph, especially near the coast.
The gravitational pull from the full moon combined with heavy rain and strong winds, coastal flooding will be a concern especially during times of high tides. The storm is slated to taper off by 10 a.m. Monday. However, there is a chance of a few lingering snow showers in the afternoon and early evening as temperatures fall.
When it comes to snow totals, expect little to no accumulation near the coast. Places north and west of the city are expected to get higher snow totals. Rainfall totals will range between an inch and an inch and a half. Expect a slushy mess because of the mixed precipitation with some of the totals getting washed away by rain.
Coastal flood warnings have been issued for parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties, the Bronx, northern and southern Queens, and southern Westchester counties in New York, and Monmouth and Middlesex counties in New Jersey.
With highs reaching the 40s early Monday morning, temperatures are slated to tumble throughout the day. So, whatever’s left on the ground will likely freeze. As always, stay tuned for updates.
The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a Winter Operations Advisory for Sunday beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Department’s salt spreaders are filled and will be active across the city beginning at 7:00 p.m., and brine trucks will be pretreating roadways and bike lanes.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday advised people to be prepared and stay home, if possible.
“With freezing temperatures persisting and heavy snowfall forecasted, I’m urging all New York’s to pay close attention to their local forecasts and avoid unnecessary travel throughout the duration of the storm,” she said.
Though he did not declare a state of emergency, Gov. Phil Murphy advised New Jerseyans to stay off the roads, if possible.
Transit lines are expected to run on a regular holiday schedule, but they are closely monitoring the storm.
PSEG Long Island is prepared for the strong winds and heavy precipitation forecasted and committed to making sure any power outages will be restored.
Con Edison has also mobilized its crews and additional contractor workers to respond to potential service problems caused by the storm.
The company reminded the public to stay away from downed wires as they may be live.