Saturday, February 4, 2023

Nightmare for commuters on Christmas Eve: Severe weather coming to New York area

what you should Know

  • There will be some cooler days in the tri-state area, but the weather will remain cool. However, storms can be expected later this week.
  • Expect strong winds, occasional heavy rain, and freezing temperatures on Thursday and Friday, with freezing conditions turning travel a nightmare for those looking to get out of the city for the holidays.
  • It will be cold until the Christmas weekend and maximum temperatures are not expected to reach 30 degrees on any day.

NEW YORK – Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Several airlines are already waiving change fees ahead of a powerful storm later in the week that is expected to dump a mix of rain and snow over a large part of the country, with torrential rain and strong winds lashing the New York area. Getting dangerously cold past the temperature. Just before welcoming the winter season with the winter solstice on Wednesday starting at 4:48 p.m. ET.

The high pressure persists around Tuesday and Wednesday with cool and dry weather. Rain arrives Thursday afternoon and continues through Friday, with gusts up to 60 mph possible. That combination can lead to travel problems as well as some power outages. Spots farther north and west of the city will see snow, but with local temperatures in the mid-40s, the snowpack will mostly stay outside the five boroughs.

Then it gets really ugly.

We expect a dramatic and potentially dangerous drop in temperatures Friday afternoon. For example, the city will be near 50 degrees by 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday and then drop below freezing within three to four hours. By the time many people head out for their Christmas Eve commute, any wet surface, including roads, can quickly turn to ice.

This drop in temperatures could bring snow to the city on the back side of the system, but no accumulation is expected. Temperatures are not expected to reach the freezing point or maximum until next Tuesday at the earliest.

Drivers and pedestrians are advised to use extreme caution as roads and sidewalks are expected to be slippery like an ice rink during the holiday weekend. Although the wet weather will clear up by Saturday, traveling that morning can be risky.

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.

Consult Delays at airports in the tri-state area HERE.

problem traveling for the holidays

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.

It will continue to freeze through Christmas and beyond, but there’s a good chance we’ll be back above freezing to end the year, with long-range forecasts predicting highs reaching 40 degrees by December 29. It’s still too early to tell a forecast for New Year’s Eve, and a lot could change as this week’s storm develops.

important point

  • 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. A wind advisory with gusts up to 50 mph is possible 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 within a few hours on Friday afternoon, which could lead to freezing standing water on highways and roads, creating dangerous driving conditions for holidaymakers.

Weather Forecast

Mars planet

  • Max: 39 deg. Mainly sunshine. Clear night with minimum temperature of 10 and 20 degrees
  • Wednesday: Max 40 degrees. Mainly sunshine.
  • Thursday: High: 48 degrees. Partly cloudy with rain and mixing.
  • Friday: High: 57 degrees. Mixed showers.
  • Saturday: Max: 26 degrees. sunny and cold
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