As temperatures and strong winds continue to make the weekend feel bitterly cold, a Winter Storm Watch has been put into effect through Tuesday morning for portions of New York and New Jersey as a possible winter storm could deliver significant snowfall to the region.
The storm is expected to dump around 6-10″ of snow in and around New York City and winds could gust as high as 50 mph from the storm, creating near-blizzard conditions and drifting snow. At the height of the storm, snowfall rates could reach 2 inches an hour. There is a slight chance that the city could see a foot of snow from the storm.
The storm watch is up from Sunday at 6 p.m. until Tuesday at 6 a.m. for Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, and Warren counties in New Jersey.
The watch is up from midnight Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday for New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Union counties. Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday evening commute in those areas.
The snow is expected to develop Sunday night with heavy snow on Monday through Monday evening. There will probably be periods of snow on Monday night into Tuesday. The highest snow totals and snowfall rates are most likely to occur late Monday.
FOX 5 Chief Meteorologist Nick Gregory said the storm will intensify as it moves south and east of the tri-state area. With very cold air in place ahead of the storm, the threat exists for heavy snow to occur in some areas.
He says because there is still some uncertainty as to the ultimate track of the storm it will have a big effect on where exactly the heavy snowfall occurs.
All of Long Island is also under a Coastal Flood Watch due to the storm, with a threat of minor to moderate inundations of up to 2 to 2 1/2 feet along the south Shore of Nassau County, the southern and eastern bays of Queens and Long Island, and locally on the north shore of Long Island during high tide on Monday.