NWS issues winter storm watch for Thursday

More winter weather on the way

The heaviest snow in the Northeast is expected from northern and central Pennsylvania through upstate NY and central and northern New England.

Light snow could begin as early as 4 or 5 a.m., with steadier snow falling by 7 or 8 a.m., according to Jim Sullivan, chief meteorologist for WeatherWorks, a private forecasting company based in Hackettstown.

The National Weather Service has issued a "Winter Storm Watch" for the entire Hudson Valley until Friday afternoon.

After a one-day reprieve from the barrage of wintry weather on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the storm is now expected to arrive late Thursday morning, Feb. 18, and continue into around noontime on Friday, Feb. 19, with the potential for moderate to heavy snowfall and a brief wintry mix, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service warned that travel would be very hard this afternoon and tonight in the warning and advisory areas.


So the first necessary element for a snowstorm is in place - it's plenty cold, with the expected high of 30 on Wednesday a full 10 degrees below normal, according to National Weather Service statistics from Lehigh Valley International Airport.

AccuWeather said up to half an inch of ice could also accumulate during the storms.

Now the official NWS forecast for northeast Suffolk calls for two to four inches of snow tomorrow, with northeast winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour, gusting to 25 miles per hour in the afternoon. Mild with highs in the upper 50s.

Tonight: Chance of light snow and light sleet in the evening, then a slight chance of light freezing rain after midnight. Lows near 15. Northwest winds 5 to 10 miles per hour. Lows 15 to 20. Lows in the mid 30s.

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