A powerful coastal storm is threatening to bury the tri-state with snow Friday into Saturday.
The timing, intensity and track of the storm could still change, but right now New York City is looking to get 6 to 10 inches of snow, while north and west of the city could get more than 1 foot.
The heaviest bands of snow in this storm are likely to be seen in New England, where Boston could get hit with 2 feet.
Some computer models predict blizzard-like conditions that could cripple travel throughout the Northeast. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for Suffolk County for Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon; a winter storm watch is in effect for the rest of the region.
The timing of the storm brings light snow and rain starting in our area Friday morning, and moving to a wintry mix along the coast by noon.
The wet stuff changes over to snow Friday afternoon, and it could be heavy in some areas. The evening commute will be slow and slippery.
Overnight Friday, expect heavy snow and strong winds, with the storm winding down by Saturday morning.
On Long Island, Sandy survivors are dreading the possibility of what the storm could do to the power lines.
“People were just miserable, unhappy, and it started to get cold,” Annie Petraro recalled of the weeks-long power outage in Oceanside after Sandy. “Things just weren’t good. And now it’s freezing, it’s gonna snow.”
Long Island Power Authority, blasted for its response to Sandy, said it’s planning ahead for this storm.
“LIPA and National Grid, who is responsible for our storm restoration, is closely monitoring the storm and continues to plan for the forecast, including looking at staffing levels and making sure supplies are adequately stocked,” a spokesman for LIPA said.