Christie Brinkley amazed by heavy New York snowfall
New York City already saw flurries of snow on Sunday night, which is just the beginning of a mega-storm intensifying through the week. The storm is expected to come in on Monday, lasting in to Tuesday, eventually bringing 18 to 24 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Accuweather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said: “By the time most people get up on Monday morning, it will be snowing.”
The meteorologist added: “The snow will be light at first, so if people are waking up at 7am tomorrow, it won’t necessarily be snowing hard, but it will be snowing.”
The heaviest snowfall is expected to hit from mid-Monday morning, going well into the evening.
The potential snowfall is expected to come down at a rate of one to three inches per hour.
Experts have warned the combination of heavy snow and strong winds could lead to blizzard conditions across the city.
The storm, which started off the coast of North Carolina and is travelling up the east coast, is expected to blanket the tri-state area with a large dose of snow that could be hard to get rid of, according to weather experts.
Mr Pydynowski said: “When it first arrives later tonight, it might be relatively powdery and fluffy.
“But as the storm progresses, I think it is going to be a fairly wet snow, which isn’t uncommon for us when we have these storms coming up the coast.”
Forecasters said the weather may not interfere with New Yorkers’ commute since the snow will be “light at first”.
But Mr Pydynowski warned motorists should try and make sure they are off the roads by lunchtime.
He added: “If you are trying to beat the heaviest snowfall, once we get past noon, 1pm, I think, that’s when we will really be able to see the snow pick up.”
By Monday afternoon, the tri-state area “should have enough snow to do some sledding”, the meteorologist added.
He said: “Certainly you should have enough snow on the grass to sled and make a snowman.”
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In addition to the heavy snowfall, New Yorkers should brace themselves for gale-force winds of up to 45 miles per hour.
The lows, which are expected to plummet to -1C, will feel “near freezing” due to the winds that will linger after the snow stops on Tuesday.
Mr Pydynowski said: “It will feel like it’s in the single digits and teens. It is certainly going to feel much colder than the lower 30s (Fahrenheit).
“You will have to bundle up to tolerate some winds, certainly have enough layers.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned all state agencies to prepare their “emergency response assets”, such as vehicles and equipment, on Sunday.
Vehicles and equipment are also being readied to help ay local partners during the blistering storm.
State agencies are already in the process of deploying resourced to areas expected to be the hardest hit by the snow.
Governor Cuomo said: “As we know, these storms can be unpredictable, so I strongly urge all New Yorkers to keep a very close eye on the weather over the next few days and take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.”
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