A significant winter storm is headed for the tristate region that could disrupt travel plans for many people.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of New York and New Jersey from Wednesday afternoon until late Thursday morning, MyFoxNY.com reported today.
The storm could bring four to six inches of snow in some areas north and west of New York City. Other areas could see sleet and freezing rain.
Areas outside of the snow bands could see up to 3 inches of rain.
Winds will also be an issue. High wind warnings are also posted for most of the tristate region. Gusts could hit 50 miles per hour.
Dangerous travel conditions are expected Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.
Much further upstate could see more than 15 inches of snow from the storm.
Some airlines were waiving change fees for people trying to change their flights to get out of New York ahead of the storm.
Three to five inches of snow is expected in the mid-Hudson Valley after precipitation begins late Wednesday night, possibly changing to freezing rain on Thursday.
In central New York and the Mohawk Valley, forecasters say snowfall at times exceeding two inches per hour will make travel difficult Wednesday night.
The enormous storm system earlier dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South and slowed holiday travel as it punched towards the Northeast.
Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after rare winter twisters damaged buildings in Louisiana and Alabama. The storm system headed from the Gulf Coast to New England has been blamed for three deaths and several injuries, though no one was killed outright in the tornadoes. The storms also left more than 100,000 without power for a across the South, darkening Christmas celebrations.
Severe thunderstorms were forecast for the Carolinas while a line of blizzard and winter storm warnings stretched from Arkansas up the Ohio River to New York and all the way to Maine.
Source: NY Post