Bliz­zard could dump 18 inches on New York

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Ver­ena Dob­nik

The North­east is brac­ing for win­ter’s last hur­rah: a bliz­zard ex­pected to sweep the New York re­gion start­ing Mon­day with pos­si­bly the sea­son’s big­gest snow­storm dump­ing up to 18 inches on Cen­tral Park.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a bliz­zard watch Sun­day for coastal re­gions in­clud­ing New York City and sur­round­ing ar­eas of Long Is­land, Westch­ester County and Con­necti­cut.

A win­ter storm watch was in ef­fect for a larger area of the North­east: New Jersey, Penn­syl­va­nia and New Eng­land.

In New York City, fore­cast­ers said the first snow is ex­pected late Mon­day or just af­ter mid­night Tues­day, with up to 4 inches fall­ing by dawn. Heavy snow the rest of the day could pile 10 to 14 inches more of white stuff, with sus­tained winds of about 30 mph and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

“This would cer­tainly be the big­gest snow­storm of the 2017 win­ter sea­son in New York City,” said Faye Barthold, a weather ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist based on Long Is­land.

On Long Is­land, a snow­fall of 12 to 18 inches was fore­cast along with equally strong winds and vis­i­bil­ity of a quar­ter mile or less.

New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo said Sun­day that the New York State Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter will be ac­ti­vated Mon­day evening, with stock­piles of sand­bags, gen­er­a­tors and pumps at the ready, as well as snow-re­moval ve­hi­cles and salt spread­ers.

The New York City Depart­ment of San­i­ta­tion is tak­ing sim­i­lar ac­tion and also no­ti­fy­ing ad­di­tional work­ers to sup­ple­ment staff if needed.

Other ar­eas, in­clud­ing the lower Hud­son Val­ley and north­east­ern New Jersey, also could get 12 to 18 inches of snow. But those ar­eas were not un­der a bliz­zard watch be­cause high winds and low vis­i­bil­ity were not ex­pected.


A woman walks through a win­ter snow storm in Philadel­phia on Fri­day. Me­te­o­rol­o­gists fore­cast a bliz­zard watch for coastal re­gions in­clud­ing New York City and Boston be­gin­ning Mon­day night.

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