Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and this is about some Snow that is going to hit the NYC area that will cause disruptions and closures.
A major winter storm is brewing at the densely populated corridor from Philadelphia to Boston, with the heaviest of snow to fall in and around New York. The National Weather Service is predicting 12 to 18 inches of snow in New York, which would be about three or more times the snowfall the city recorded in recent years. The last storm to dump a foot or more of snow in New York struck in March 2018, when 14.8 inches fell in Central Park. If this storm beats that total, it would be the biggest since January 2016, when 27.5 inches fell.
The Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for New York because of the combination of heavy snow and strong winds up to 45 mph, as the pressure between the low off the coast and the high over Quebec tightens, funneling air in between them, there is a possibility that at the height of the storm, sleet or even rain could mix in with the snow in Brooklyn and on Staten Island, out to Long Island, the Weather Service said in a forecast discussion, but this is still subject to considerable uncertainty.
The cause of a sleet rain mix would be due to relatively mild air about 5,000 feet above the ground, pushing inland off the relatively mild waters of the Atlantic. Sea surface temperatures off the coast of New Jersey are a few degrees above average for this time of year, providing an ample supply of moisture but also the potential for a wintry mix near the coast. The specter of “ping, ping, ping” sounds from sleet hitting a window are likely to loom large in a snow lover’s nightmares, as sleet acts to limit snowfall accumulations.
If a mix occurs, it could keep accumulations down considerably in the city, and computer models Tuesday afternoon have shown more mixing potential.