The Tri-State area is bracing for close to two feet of snow in some areas, as the first major winter storm of 2021 arrives.
A winter storm warning for New York City goes into effect from 7 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Some parts of New Jersey reported flurries and light snow Sunday morning. In the city, snow is expected to begin falling late Sunday night and continue through Tuesday.
The worst of the storm is expected Monday. Forecasters said 14 - 22 inches of snowfall and high winds could create near-blizzard conditions Monday afternoon.
Temperatures have stayed close to or below freezing for most of the weekend, meaning snow is likely to stick right away. New York City is expecting 14 - 16 inches of snow. Higher elevations could get close to two feet. Eastern Long Island and the Jersey Shore are likely to see rain in addition to significant snow accumulation.
Public schools in NYC will be virtual on Monday. Alternate side parking is suspended Monday and Tuesday.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said blows and salt spreaders were ready to work. He advised residents to stay home Monday if possible or use public transit if they have to go out, as the roads will be dangerous. New Yorkers are encouraged to check on their neighbors and to call 311 if they know anyone in need of shelter from the cold.
COVID-19 vaccinations at state-run sites scheduled for Monday are likely to be suspended, with officials rescheduling the appointments for later in the week. An official ruling was yet to be made in either New York or New Jersey as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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