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New York City to be hit by Snowmageddon: How much snow will the Big Apple get?

A Nor’easter is taking aim at the Big Apple which could see significant snowfall that will make things “pretty messy” on Tuesday prompting school closures.

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New York City to be hit by Snowmageddon

The US National Weather Service is watching a storm system that will transition into a Nor’easter on Monday night. Meteorologists at the agency have advised that the “rapidly deepening low is expected to track off the Mid-Atlantic coast early Tuesday morning.”

The result will be widespread heavy snowfall across central Pennsylvania and southern New York in the morning on Tuesday and southern New England later in the day. The rate of snowfall could exceed two inches per hour.

New York City to be hit by Snowmageddon: How much snow will the Big Apple get?

The US National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for New York City and surrounding areas in effect from 4 am Tuesday until 6 pm. Total snow accumulation could be up to 8 inches producing hazardous conditions impacting travel and especially the morning commute in the region.

Temperatures are not expected to fall much below freezing which could result in heavy and wet snow. This could make removal from sidewalks and roads difficult according to NWS forecaster Bob Oravec making “pretty messy” conditions. As well as he told Reuters that the snow could down powerlines and trees, causing power outages.

NYC mayor issues travel advisory, says public schools closed Tuesday

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Monday that all public schools in the nation’s largest school district would be closed on Tuesday. The more than 900,000 students will still have classes but they will be held remotely.

He also issued a travel advisory for the city and asked residents to stay off the roads so that snowplows could do their job to clear them. The New York State Department of Transportation said that a fleet of 1,500 large snowplow trucks were on standby in the city to handle the expected heavy snowfall.

For the most up-to-date information on road closures and affected highways in New York, the state’s 511NY alerts map is the place to go.

The Big Apple saw its first significant snowfall in nearly two years in mid-January when Central Park received roughly 1.4 inches. That weather event prompted the New York City Department of Sanitation to open vacancies for snow removal positions.

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