Winter Storm Could Grow Into 'Bomb Cyclone' By Saturday

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A large winter storm heading towards to the Tri-State area is going to bring an end to the week's mild weather, bringing heavy rain, some snow and dangerous winds to the area Saturday.

Most of the New York City-area will be soaked with rain, but areas northwest of the city could get 1 - 3 inches of snow, perhaps more depending on elevation.

Forecasters say the most severe element of the storm will not be precipitation but wind. Temperatures above the freezing mark will keep snow from sticking, but high winds could lead to significant damage.

Saturday is expected to begin with relatively calm conditions, but the storm will gain strength throughout the day until sustained winds reach 20 - 30 mph, with gusts between 40 - 50 mph.

A winter storm warning has been issued for New York's Sullivan County and part of Ulster County until 7 p.m. Saturday. A winter storm watch is in effect for New Jersey's Sussex and Warren counties until 7 p.m. Saturday.

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