The National Weather Service expects New York City to get 3 to 5 inches of snow on Saturday.
The latest storm begins hammering the Midwest on Friday night and will spread across the Northeast during this weekend with snow and ice. Warnings, advisories and watches have been issued by local and national authorities.
According to weather.com: “Moderate snow accumulations are expected Friday night from Missouri and far southern Iowa into central Illinois, Ohio, southern Lower Michigan, and possibly western Pennsylvania. Parts of eastern Wisconsin will also see accumulating snow Friday night as easterly winds north of Winter Storm Electra help to trigger lake-effect snow. Saturday morning, snow will be ongoing from the mid-Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, and will be spreading into the interior Northeast. This will make travel challenging on portions of I-70, I-64, I-80, I-90, I-57, I-65, I-75 and I-77.”
Conventional wisdom dictates that the major cold snap that has held the northeast in its grip for weeks presages a brutal winder. Seasoned and sensible observers note, however, that Mother Nature is notoriously fickle and many a winter that knocked early on the door of the New York region has picked up and gone elsewhere for the rest of the season in the recent past.
And the groundhog’s predition is three months away.