Twin Winter Storms To Bring One-Two Punch Of Snow Before Arctic Blast

January 16, 2019 - 1:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two winter storms are expected to bring back-to-back periods of snow this weekend before temperatures plummet amid a blast of Arctic air.

The first system is expected to be relatively weak, but temperatures Thursday night will remain at or below freezing — cold enough for to stick to the ground, according to WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist Craig Allen.

A coating to 2 inches of snow is forecasted for the city, with up to 3 inches possible in the northwest suburbs, AccuWeather says.

The wintry accumulation Thursday night could make for a messy commute Friday morning, with mostly rain in the city and along the coast before temperatures rise into the 40s on a cloudy afternoon.  

The second, stronger system will begin to move in Saturday evening and has the potential to bring 1 to 3 inches of a snowy mix to the city and surrounding suburbs.

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AccuWeather predicts up to 6 inches in northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley, and Gov. Phil Murphy says he’s not taking any chances after a November 2018 snowstorm crippled the Tri-State.

"I think it costs 17 cents a mile to brine the road. So, if we become the brining state of America, I will not be upset about that,” he told reporters Wednesday.

He notes that while he will be watching Thursday’s storm, he’s most concerned about what will happen over the weekend.

Still, the heaviest accumulations are expected to fall well north of the Tri-State, with some areas upstate seeing as much as 18 inches of snow, according to AccuWeather forecasts.

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Because of this, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers throughout the state to be careful.

“While New Yorkers are no strangers to snow, I am urging everyone to be cautious over the next several days as current forecasts are calling for the most significant snowfall so far this winter,” Cuomo said. “All of New York's transportation and public safety agencies are monitoring these storms closely and are prepared to immediately assist any community that needs help.”

In a statement he notes that the Department of Transportation is ready to respond with 1,580 large plow trucks, 50 tow plows, 324 large loaders, 40 snowblowers, 20 graders, 197 medium duty and pickup trucks with plows, 33 tractor trailers and more than 430,000 tons of salt on hand.

Temperatures will rise from the low 30s into the 40s Sunday morning, causing snow to switch over mostly to rain, which could make for some icy conditions.

Arctic air then sweeps in and sends temperature plummeting into the single digits by Sunday night.

AccuWeather says temperatures will be in the single digits and wind chills will be in the negative teens overnight Sunday into Monday.

The down-right frigid weather continues into Monday before warming slightly to the high 20s on Tuesday.  

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