Get out the snow shovels and snow blowers. Its going to be a frigid morning of icy sleet and snow expected in the Tri State area. Staten Island is in the blizzard zone. Expect a wet commute getting your children to school tomorrow. Not to mention the school bus strike makes it harder for kids to get to school. Mayor Bloomberg's advice: if you can stay home tomorrow stay home.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the region as a major snowstorm is bearing down on us. The blizzard warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Saturday. Snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches are forecast, added The Staten Island Advance.
Winds are predicted to be from 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Visibility will be sharply reduced, and approach "near whiteout" conditions, adds The Advance. The National Weather Service forecast for Staten Island says light snowfall will start after 4 a.m. Friday. It is predicted to turn to rain between 1 and 4 p.m. before switching to all snow, adds the report. The snow will become heavy Friday night, making driving conditions awful, state the media and weather predictors. Best keep your kids indoors and occupied this weekend.
The blizzard warning means "severe winter weather conditions are expected or are occurring, adds The Advance. "Even though the area from central New Jersey to southeastern New York state may not be in the epicenter of this storm, enough snow will fall to cause major travel problems and winds can be strong enough for a time to cause downed tree limbs and sporadic power outages," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. AccuWeather predicts 6-12 inches of snow for New York City, according to The Advance.
A coastal flood advisory has also been issued by the National Weather Service that's in effect from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. All in all, prepare for a wet and wintry weekend Staten Island!