The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Snow showers earlier this morning left 1-3 inches of snow on grassy surfaces across the area, but the brunt of the storm is only now beginning to move over Long Island and New Jersey. Heavy bands of snow developing this morning will intensify throughout the afternoon, bringing with them snowfall rates upwards of 2 inches per hour and wind gusts of 30-40 mph.
While snow totals to the east of the city in Long Island will likely remain at or below the one foot mark, locations to the west, northwest, and north of the city have the potential to reach over 18 inches of snow by Thursday morning.
Due to high winds combined with heavy snow this afternoon, it is advised that all unnecessary travel is avoided until the storm subsides tomorrow.
Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings have been issued for the entire I-95 Corridor from New York to Boston. Exactly 4 years ago, Winter Storm Nemo created the exact same situation. Winter Storm Nemo, pictured below in an NOAA Surface Analysis, dumped 40 inches of snow in parts of Connecticut, and while tomorrow’s winter storm (named ‘Niko’) will likely dump no more than a foot and a half, it certainly is expected to resemble the historic storm that took place 4 years ago.
Expect high winds and heavy snow lasting from late tonight until tomorrow afternoon to greatly reduce visibility and knock down some tree limbs and power lines. Many schools across the area will likely be closed tomorrow, as the storm will also greatly reduce the ability to travel. Due to the remaining uncertainty in the storm’s intensity as it passes the area, Weather 360 is forecasting snow totals to vary from 6 inches in locations on the immediate coast, to as much as 16 inches for locations not much further inland.
For information regarding watches, warnings, and advisories, visit weather.gov, and in the meantime, we’ll keep you posted.
THE TRACK FOR THIS BLIZZARD HAS SHIFTED NORTH. LOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT ARE NOW UNDER BLIZZARD AND WINTER STORM WARNINGS.
In locations across the New York City Metro Area, the snow has already started to accumulate. The National Weather Service is now calling for a foot or more in most of the Metro Area. Expect an additional foot or more of snow with some brief bursts of thunder snow throughout the day starting at 7 am.
The storm has the potential to create extremely dangerous road conditions at times today even in areas not specified under Blizzard Warnings.
There is the potential for widespread power outages across the Tri-State area.
Before making any decisions regarding the weather. Visit weather.gov.
A major winter storm is expected to impact the entire New York City Metro Area tonight into Sunday Morning.
Southern Connecticut Overview: Currently, Southern Fairfield and Southern New Haven Counties are under Winter Storm Warnings. Locations in southern portions of Northern Fairfield County can expect near-blizzard conditions, but due to less of a threat further north in the county, the National Weather Service has decided to keep the alert level at an advisory (likewise for Northern New Haven County). Expect wind gusts around 40 MPH with snow totals 6-15 inches.
Southeastern New York Overview: Blizzard conditions for the Greater New York City area along with Long Island. Winter Storm Warnings for locations just to the north (Westchester County), and continued Winter Storm Watches for locations just to the north of there. Expect wind gusts potentially reaching 50 MPH with snow totals ranging from 6 to 18 inches.
Northern New Jersey Overview: Winter Storm Warnings issued for Northwestern portions of this area. Blizzard Warnings closer to the coast. Expect snow totals ranging from 6 to 24 inches with wind gusts potentially reaching 60 MPH.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NEW YORK HAS ISSUED BLIZZARD WARNINGS FOR ALL OF LONG ISLAND, PARTS OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY, AND FOR THE GREATER NEW YORK CITY AREA. WINTER STORM WATCHES AND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FROM SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT TO NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF NEW JERSEY.
For locations not in Blizzard Warnings, very near-blizzard conditions can be expected, with visibility less than 1/2 mile at times. Power also has the potential to go out, as high wind gusts and heavy, wet snow can be expected for about 20 hours.