It’s that time of year again — time fill the bathtub with water, in case the power goes out (this enables you to flush the toilet after use by filling it with water), and time to fill the house with the aroma of hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies, in case it doesn’t. The reason: The National Weather Service announced late Thursday that a blizzard warning is in effect for New York beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday and lasting till 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The areas to be hardest hit are Brooklyn, southern Westchester County, and
coastal portions of northeast New Jersey. Expect heavy snow (accumulations of up to 14 inches) and strong winds (northerly 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 mph.
Temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s by Friday evening. Visibility, for those unlucky enough to be out and about, will be reduced to one quarter mile or less at times. Driving conditions will be exceedingly dangerous. Some tree limbs are likely to be downed, and white-out conditions may prevail.
The strongest winds and heaviest snow are likely to hit Friday evening and last through Saturday morning.