what you should Know
- A winter storm is expected to hit the New York area Thursday afternoon, making holiday travel plans difficult.
- Damaging winds up to 50 mph are expected in our area Thursday afternoon and Friday. Additionally, heavy rain is expected in and around New York City, while others may see some snow.
- Temperatures get dangerously cold on Friday night, roads get icy on Christmas Eve; The temperature is not expected to cross the 30s.
NEW YORK – A massive winter storm that has threatened holiday travel for nearly 200 million in the United States, causing airline delays and weather advisories affecting a wide area of the country, began its siege of the New York area Thursday afternoon. Gives
This will continue through Friday and potentially dangerous cold weather is coming.
A localized assault of heavy snow, ice, flooding, and high winds associated with the system affects the Plains and people from the Midwest to the East Coast beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing through Saturday.
Many will face blizzard-like conditions, making travel nearly impossible for an entire day or longer, and high winds could cause power outages, which is dangerous given the freezing temperatures ahead Could
See radar here to see the movement of the storm.
The main story with this winter storm will not be snow totals, but rather widespread high-air traces. Every state east of the Rocky Mountains will see gusts of at least 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph for I-95. Those anticipated winds have already prompted several airlines to waive change and cancellation fees.
Conditions rapidly deteriorated locally on Thursday afternoon with the arrival of rain and strong winds. The rains intensified overnight and will remain heavy till Friday morning, which could cause flash floods, especially in low-lying areas and other vulnerable areas. Thunderstorms with some heavy rain are possible Thursday night, but widespread severe weather is not expected.
By the time the system retires, the city could see 2 to 3 inches of rain.
Coastal flood advisories are in effect for the south shore of Long Island, the coast of Connecticut and the north shore of New Jersey from Ocean County. A Coastal Flood Watch has been issued for the city and neighboring New Jersey counties, as well as the north shore of Long Island. See weather alerts in your neighborhood here.
Far-reaching impacts are expected to be seen throughout the day Friday across the country and throughout the New York area. On Friday, temperatures will soar to unusual weather highs near 60 degrees, but when the rain ends, arctic air will kick in, causing the mercury to drop to about 30 degrees in a matter of hours. This makes flash freezing a major concern.
The wind chill will be at or below zero before nightfall. Any wet surface, including roads, can quickly turn to ice when many people hit the road on Christmas Eve. There is also a small chance that New York City will experience a rush hour flash freeze on Friday morning if the winds don’t remove the rain quickly. However, most of the impact is expected to happen later.
Airlines are preparing for possible weather catastrophes. United Airlines has issued an alert for the East Coast.
Individuals traveling between December 22 and December 25 will not be charged a change fee or fare difference for United flights, as long as travel was originally scheduled in the ticketed cabin and the ticket was purchased prior to December 18 Have gone The window is from December 22 to 28.
American Airlines has also issued a travel advisory, while JetBlue says it will charge change and cancellation fees for those traveling to Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul, looking at significant snow in the Midwest.
Alerts are subject to change based on weather and airline, so travelers are advised to check with their airlines.
It doesn’t matter where you fly, the weather will have a ripple effect, so be patient. Or change your plans now.
Consult Delays at airports in the tri-state area HERE.
Anyone looking to fly through the three states before the holiday should anticipate delays at airports starting Thursday night, and it might be worth checking to see if it’s possible to fly before then. Not only are wind and rain causing problems locally, but areas of the Midwest will continue to be covered in snow. Weather will affect all flights, even if you’re visiting another part of the country, so be sure to keep an eye on your airline to see how it affects your flight.
Some snow is also possible as the storm moves away Friday night, mostly at higher elevations and for a short time. The white stuff will stay out of most of the five boroughs, with temperatures in the mid-40s downtown and along the coast.
Christmas weekend will be sunny, but also windy and very cold, possibly the coldest in decades. Temperatures are not expected to reach the freezing point or maximum until next Tuesday at the earliest.
We should be back above that mark to end the year, with a long-range forecast for a high of 40 degrees on December 29. It’s still too early to tell the forecast for New Year’s Eve, and even with this week’s storms, a lot can change. as it develops.
Isabel Peralta-Hill with details.
- Precipitation: There is a chance of heavy rain late Thursday through Friday. Possible river, urban and poor drainage flooding. Locally high amounts of precipitation between 1 and 3 inches are possible at this time. Precipitation can begin as a chilly mix over inland Connecticut, northern New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley by lunchtime on Thursday. Friday afternoon showers can mix with snow and ice or turn to snow before ending. Little or no snow accumulation is expected in metropolitan and coastal areas, with up to 1-3 inches possible in northern and inland counties.
- Winds/Winter: Strong southerly winds will increase Thursday night into Friday and turn to the west on Friday night as the cold front passes. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected through Friday afternoon. By Friday night, temperatures turn unseasonably cool, with lows around the 20s and highs in the mid to upper 20s on Saturday and Sunday.
- coastal flooding: A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet during Friday morning’s high tide cycle will likely result in moderate to significant widespread coastal flooding located along the South Shore of Long Island and New York City, with minor to moderate localized flooding elsewhere. Slight to moderate coastal flooding is possible Friday night.
- Flash Freeze: Temperatures will drop between 20 and 30 degrees in a few hours on Friday afternoon, which could lead to freezing roads and standing water, creating dangerous driving conditions for holiday drivers.
Department of Consumer Protection warns NY about carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards and more
The New York State Department of Consumer Protection warned consumers Wednesday of the dangers of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and engaging in strenuous outdoor activities in the coming cold weather.
As the winter months approach and temperatures drop, consumers may turn to hazardous heating options to stay warm. Propane space heaters, generators and furnaces pose deadly risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards when used improperly.
As severe winter storms continue to hit the United States, consumers should take care to stay safe and sound during snow removal activities.
“In addition to providing assistance with covering the cost of home heating, the Home Energy Assistance Program can help clean and repair heating equipment to keep heating equipment safe and running at peak efficiency, and even faulty heating equipment May also cover the cost of repair or replacement. Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Daniel W. Tietze’s office said. “These services are critical to helping New Yorkers stay safe and warm during the harsh winter months. Anyone who needs this assistance should apply as soon as possible.”
Carbon Monoxide Dangers and Safety Tips:
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm. Install carbon monoxide alarms on each floor and in outside sleeping areas.
- Inspect all fuel-burning appliances each year. Ask a trained service technician to inspect your home’s heating system. Make sure all gas heaters are properly vented.
- Use generator safely. Do not use a gas or electric generator in a home, garage, basement, or any other enclosed space. Connect equipment to the generator using only personal, heavy-duty, outdoor-grade power cords. When in use, gas generators should be located at least 20 feet from any windows, doors, or vents, preferably in a location where rain and snow cannot reach them.
- Avoid build-up of carbon monoxide vapor. Before lighting the fire, open the chimney damper and keep it open until the ashes cool. Never use a gas stove, oven, or grill to heat your home. Never leave a car unattended in a garage attached to a home, even if its windows are open. Check vehicle muffler and exhaust pipe regularly to prevent accidental build-up of CO.
- Keep your heating and dryer vents free of snow and ice. Check outside furnace and dryer vents during and after a heavy snowfall, and clear snow from vent openings if it accumulates. When a gas furnace or dryer vent becomes blocked, carbon monoxide can build up inside the home, and in newer furnaces, the system may shut down completely as a safety measure, leaving the home without heat. While electric dryers do not pose a carbon monoxide poisoning risk, a blocked vent can still be a fire hazard.
- If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, you should exit immediately and then call 911.
Thursday: High: 49 degrees. Rain comes. At night the temperature drops to 31.
Friday: High 55 degrees. rain and wind.
Saturday: Max: 22 degrees. sunny
Sunday: Max: 26 degrees. Christmas sunshine.
Monday: Max: 30 degrees. sunny