The first significant snowfall of the year in the greater New York City area could begin early next week, Sunday night through Monday afternoon.
Some areas could see more than a foot of snow, though forecasters cautioned Friday that it was still too early to predict accumulation with confidence, as the path of the storm could still change.
The frigid air that arrived Friday in the Tri-State is expected to linger all weekend, keeping high temperatures below the freezing mark. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible into early next week, bringing wind chills near zero.
As of Friday afternoon, snow was expected to develop late night on Sunday into Monday morning, steadily accumulating through Monday with lows of about 28 degrees. Snow could continue falling Monday afternoon with temperatures in the mid-30s, leading to intermittent snow Monday evening and high winds, gusting up to 40 mph.
Tuesday should still be cloudy and snowy, with warmer high temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s, but icy winds again with gusts over 40 mph.
New York City saw its first measurable snowfall of 2021 earlier in the week, with a tenth of an inch falling across the five boroughs.
On December 17, 2020, New York City got its most significant snowfall in years, with nearly a foot of accumulation in Central Park.
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