Home Depot – Powerful storm expected to hit NYC with heavy snow, high winds
Samantha Delgado knows her Maspeth street isn’t likely to be plowed by the time she has to go to work Monday morning, so she was out early Saturday getting ready for the blizzard-like storm heading for New York City.
“I’m prepping, because there’s gonna be a lot of snow,” Delgado, 22, said as she searched for shovels and ice melt at the Home Depot in Bed-Sty after striking out at one closer to her home in Queens.
“I’m very worried,” said Delgado, who has a 5 a.m. shift at Elmhurst Hospital and lives on a dead end street that doesn’t get plowed early. “It’s really up to us to fend for ourselves to get out of there.”
Delgado wasn’t alone. With a collision of massive weather systems expected as a polar vortex of subzero temps from Canada and a moisture-laden nor’easter with heavy winds blowing in from the south, Saturday was prep day throughout the tri-state area. Forecasters predict 6 to 10 inches of snow in the five boroughs, and more in the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey.
Accuweather meteorologist Bill Deger said the snow will start late Sunday and continue falling throughout Monday, with flurries lingering into Tuesday.
It will come with strong winds of about 25 mph, especially overnight Sunday to Monday. That falls short of the 30 mph needed to reach blizzard-level winds, but with temperatures in the lower 20s and “real feel” in the lower teens, that may seem like nitpicking.
“It will make for some treacherous travel,” Deger said. Monday morning’s commute will likely be especially messy.
Hazardous weather warnings were up from the upper Midwest to the Northeast. Snow was expected to start in Chicago Saturday afternoon and move steadily east. When the frigid system slams into another air mass moving up from the south and the somewhat warmer coastal air, the storm will evolve into a nor’easter.
And while Deger admitted that this season has already had a few big storm predictions go bust, this one seems like more of a sure thing, he said. “This one looks to be more on the snowy side, because of all the cold air we have ahead of it,” he said.
Temperatures Saturday morning were in the upper teens, and expected to remain below freezing throughout the day. Deger said the thermometer is likely to stay in the 20s Sunday.
Slightly warmer air will arrive Monday, meaning that some areas of coastal New Jersey and Long Island could see the snow turning to a mix of snow and sleet.
Meanwhile, the Hudson Valley and inland New Jersey is likely to see a few extra inches of snow. “But in the city, especially, and north, it may be an all-snow event,” Deger said.
At the Jamaica Home Depot, Wanda Rowe, 55, was grabbing supplies while she could. “Last snow storm I came here about 6 [p.m.] after work, and they had nothing — no ice melt. This time I made sure I came early,” she said smiling. “I’m all prepared.”