A winter storm will bring an “unpleasant” mix of snow, rain and wind to the Big Apple Sunday evening that could continue into the following morning, forecasters said.
Snow will begin falling in the New York area around 7 p.m. as a storm travels from the southern region of the country, Accuweather senior meteorologist Todd Kines told The Post.
“It’s creating havoc in the South and it’ll continue to create havoc as it heads toward our neck of the woods,” Kines said Sunday.
Temperatures will hover around below freezing when the snow arrives but rise into the 40s later in the evening, creating a wintry mix that could be “unpleasant,” Kines said.
“When it first starts off, it is going to be dry snow but obviously with temperatures rising it becomes wet and then changes over to rain eventually,” Kines said.
Heavy rains will continue overnight and likely will stick around into Monday morning, he said.
“That’ll likely cause flooding issues in poor drainage areas, that kind of stuff,” he said.
Meanwhile, wind gusts of around 40 to 50 mph will also lash the region on Monday, he said.
“For those that are going into work tomorrow, it could be a rough point with the rain and the wind,” he said of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday also urged New Yorkers to stay off the road to avoid getting stranded — a situation seen earlier this month in Virginia, where motorists were trapped on roadways for more than 24 hours during a severe winter storm.
“So, if you have to travel overnight during the storm, we really hope you don’t. Please stay home. But if your work requires you to be out or you have to be somewhere, make sure that you are fortified even in your own vehicle with food and water and whatever else you may need, including blankets or clothing,” Hochul said.
The Department of Transportation has about 4,000 personnel ready to work through the storm and 20,000 snowplows have been mobilized, officials said.
Hochul also warned of flooding in coastal areas of Long Island and potential power outages that could impact areas of the state forecasted to see heavy winds.
“That is a crisis situation for families, especially for moms and dads with little kids,” she said. “I’m saying right now, prepare for the worst. Have enough food, have enough batteries in your flashlights.”