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Storm Team 4 Breaks Down Timing, Expectations for 1st Snow

What to Know

  • The coldest air of the season has moved in; Wednesday saw temps cap out around 40 and they'll plunge into the 30s on Thursday

  • The second storm of the week could bring snow to the area Thursday — and as much as 3 inches in New York City, with more elsewhere

  • Temps rebound into the mid-40s on Friday and are expected to stay in that range through the weekend

The second storm of the week could bring up to 3 inches of snow to New York City and spots along the I-95 corridor on Thursday, Storm Team 4 says. And places well north and west of the city could see half a foot or more.

Temperatures plunged overnight, and comparatively bitter, blustery conditions are expected through the day Wednesday, which is only expected to see highs near 40 degrees. Temps drop into the 30s on Thursday, though the wind chill will make you want to keep your hands in your pockets most of the day.

Overall, Thursday will feel more like January for most of the day as the coldest air of the season moves in, Storm Team 4 says.

Clouds will gradually start to float back into the area after midnight leading into Thursday, and will continue to fill in as the next storm system approaches. Much of the morning will stay cold, cloudy and dry before a wintry mix of precipitation arrives Thursday afternoon, Storm Team 4 says.

Storm Team 4

When it comes, around 1 p.m. or 2 p.m., it'll be with a "thump," said Storm Team 4, describing the initial expected wallop as "impressive."

In general, the city and areas along the I-95 corridor could see a slushy 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulate by the evening commute — a month ahead of the typical schedule for measurable snow in Central Park. The Bronx would likely see the most of the five boroughs, 2 to 3 inches, while Storm Team 4 expects 1 to 2 inches for Manhattan and a trace in Brooklyn. Colder places well to the north and west will see more snow before rain mixes in, with a "major event" — up to 10 inches possible in the higher elevations, Storm Team 4 says. Residents in those areas should expect at least 3 to 6 inches of the white stuff.

Areas south and east (and along the immediate coastline) will see mostly just rain out of this system.

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Storm Team 4 emphasizes the totals are likely to change as the storm gets closer. Keep checking back for the latest updates.

Given marginal temperatures near or just slightly above freezing, precipitation associated with this system will transition from snow to a wintry mix before completely changing over to rain Thursday night as milder air pushes in.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for a number of tri-state counties from Thursday afternoon through early Friday; that means periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain could make travel hazardous. Alternate side parking is suspended. Check the latest weather alerts for your neighborhood here.

By Friday morning, most of the area will see plain rain, with only the distant suburbs north and west seeing icy conditions and lingering power outages.

Highs bump back into the mid-40s on Friday and are expected to stay in that range through the weekend, Storm Team 4 says.

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