The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch – yes, a blizzard watch! – for New York City. Up to 18 inches of snow could fall on Central Park.
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service New York NY
412 PM EDT Sun Mar 12 2017
BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING…
* Locations…New York City, Long Island, Southern Westchester, Southern Fairfield, Southern New Haven, Middlesex, and New London counties.
* Hazard Types…Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions.
* Snow Accumulations…12 to 18 inches.
* Impacts…Dangerous travel and potential for power outages.
Damaging wind gusts possible across eastern Long Island and extreme southeastern Connecticut.
* Winds Northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph.
* Temperatures…In the upper 20s.
* Visibilities…One quarter mile or less at times.
A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.
Other areas, including the lower Hudson Valley and northeastern New Jersey, also could get 12 to 18 inches of snow.