Hopes of snow in New York City this weekend may be dashed after all.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is urging New Yorkers to prepare for a winter storm starting Saturday that’s expected to drop heavy snow in some parts of the state — though New York City will be mostly spared, according to current weather predictions.
Areas north of New York City from the Mid-Hudson to the Finger Lakes area could see up to a foot of snow starting late Saturday and into Sunday, according to Hochul’s office and the National Weather Service. Meanwhile the city may get just up to two inches of rain with a mix of snow and sleet in some areas.
New York City also issued a weather alert for Saturday and Sunday, cautioning New Yorkers of slick roadways and minor travel impacts overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.
Bill Goodman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said conditions in the city from Saturday afternoon into Sunday will depend on the neighborhood.
“If you’re in the lower boroughs, say Staten Island, Brooklyn, Southern Queens, you’re more likely to see maybe some snow at the onset, changing pretty quickly to rain and not much, if any, accumulation — less than an inch,” Goodman said. “As you go farther north, Northern Queens, Manhattan and up into the Bronx, [there] could be an inch or two of accumulation.”
New York City hasn’t seen measurable snow in Central Park in almost 700 days. This storm might finally break that drought — but not by much, Goodman said.
Some spots in the North Bronx could get 2 to 3 inches during Saturday night, Goodman said.
“But you don’t have to go too far north of the city to see a pretty big increase in snowfall amounts,” Goodman added. “Once you get more into northern Westchester, Rockland and up into the Hudson Valley, we’re looking at snowfall totals on the order of 6 to 10 inches there.”
Temperatures through the weekend are expected to stay just above freezing, not likely to change much from Saturday night to Sunday, according to the NWS. Winds will be out of the east from 15 to 20 miles an hour, gusting up to 30 miles an hour, with stronger gusts in areas along the shoreline Saturday night.
“I think the main reason that it’s not going to do that is that we don’t really have a cold high pressure system over New England to keep supplying cold air,” Goodman said. “Our biggest snowstorms usually have a steady supply of cold air coming in on a northeast wind right out of New England, and instead the wind’s going to be blowing off the ocean, so that’s relatively milder.”
Either way, the sanitation department is preparing just in case.
“It’s been 690 days since an inch of snow hit NYC, but we’ve never stopped getting ready,” the agency tweeted on Friday. “We have the most uniformed staff in 20 years, plus $450M in new trucks. Today, EVERY street is on a route & every route can be dispatched at the same time. Snow equity for the entire City.”