More than 70 million to be hit by snowstorm Thursday

Cold air has returned to the New York area in time for New Year's Eve revelers on Times Square and will set the stage for a Thursday to Friday snowstorm.

More than 70 million to be hit by snowstorm Thursday

Cold air has returned to the New York area in time for New Year’s Eve revelers on Times Square and will set the stage for a Thursday to Friday snowstorm.

Expect good travel weather Tuesday and New Year’s Day. However, the cold may be pose a challenge for those spending time outdoors.

On New Year’s Eve, temperatures will be falling into the 20s with RealFeel® temperatures in the teens.

Nothing more than a flurry will drift across Manhattan in advance of the blizzard of confetti.

A snowstorm will affect New York City and much of the Northeast on Thursday into Friday.

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Enough snow to shovel and plow is forecast to fall around the city. The early estimate storm total snowfall in the five boroughs is between 6 to 10 inches. Locally higher amounts are possible in the suburbs to the east, north and west. The worst conditions are likely Thursday night, when the snow will be the heaviest and winds and cold will cause the snow to blow and drift.

Expect roads to become snow covered and slippery. Where accidents occur some roads could be blocked for hours.

The coldest air of the season so far will empty out of Canada Friday with temperatures likely to be no higher than the teens. RealFeel temperatures will be near zero at times.

According to Long Range Weather Expert Jack Boston, “If New York’s Central Park fails to reach 20 degrees for a high temperature on Friday, it will be the first time this has occurred since Jan. 16, 2009, when the high was only 16 degrees.”

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