Monster winter storm could dump 18 inches in NYC

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The monster winter storm bearing down on New York City could dump up to 18 inches on the boroughs — and as much as two feet in some surrounding areas amid “near-blizzard” conditions, forecasters predict. 

About 3 to 6 inches of snow already fell across the tri-state area as of around 6 a.m., according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Michael LeSeney. 

In total, between 12 to 18 inches could fall on the Big Apple, and up to two feet further inland across parts of New Jersey and the Hudson Valley, the forecaster said. 

It’s not yet clear whether this storm will set any records, but “it’s always possible, especially when we’re talking about two feet of snow,” he said. 

“That’s all going to depend on the weather conditions as this storm sets up,” LeSeney said.

Two men seen in Herald Square during a snowstorm on February 1, 2021.Two men seen in Herald Square during a snowstorm on February 1, 2021.Robert Mecea for NY Post

“We’re talking about a difference of maybe 50 miles. For weather systems the size of what we’re dealing with, 50 miles is nothing. But for New York City, 50 miles could mean the difference between the 12 and 18 and two feet.”

The “prolonged snow event” will span the entire day Monday and much of Tuesday, LeSeney said. The heaviest snow is expected between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday. 

A man crossing the Brooklyn Bridge amid the snowstorm on January 31, 2021.A man crossing the Brooklyn Bridge amid the snowstorm on January 31, 2021.James Keivom for NY Post

Temperatures will sit just below or near freezing through the entire storm — but the wind chill will make it feel much colder, LeSeney said. New Yorkers can expect blustery conditions with winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour at their peak. 

“Snow and wind today combine to create a real messy winter pattern for us,” LeSeney said.

A man snowplowing Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn during a snowstorm on February 1, 2021. A man snowplowing Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn during a snowstorm on February 1, 2021. Robert Mecea for NY Post

“Near-blizzard conditions, poor visibility, blowing snow, the likelihood is that there will be power outages, and during times of high tide, there could be coastal flooding as well. We have a host of problems around the tri-state area due to this storm.” 

White-out conditions are expected due to the blowing snow, making area roads “treacherous,” according to LeSeney. 

People having a snowball fight in Times Square on February 1, 2021.People having a snowball fight in Times Square on February 1, 2021.REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

“Hopefully people are just going to stay home today and we won’t have to worry about that,” he said. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a state of emergency order Sunday night, describing the storm as “very dangerous.” 

Snow falling in Central Park the night of January 31, 2021.Snow falling in Central Park the night of January 31, 2021.Debra L. Rothenberg/ZUMA Wire

“New Yorkers should stay home, keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles and let our plows work to keep us safe,” the mayor said in a statement. “Make no mistake: this storm will bring heavy snowfall and it will make travel dangerous in every neighborhood in our city.”

People cross the Brooklyn Bridge as flurries signal the arrival of a storm on Sunday, January 31, 2021 in New York City.People cross the Brooklyn Bridge as flurries signal the arrival of a storm on Sunday, January 31, 2021 in New York City.James Keivom for NY Post

The snow is expected to taper off, for the most part, by 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to LeSeney. 

He urged New Yorkers to stay inside as much as possible, despite the “storm fatigue” that might set in.  

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A frozen fountain in Bryant Park seen on February 1, 2021.

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A car being covered with snow in Manhattan on January 31, 2021.

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People on the streets in Times Square amid the snowstorm on January 31, 2021.

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