Tuesday’s beautiful sunshine won’t last more than a day as a major midwestern snowstorm pushes east and becomes a sleety Nor’easter.
New York will likely get hit with icy rain Wednesday during the day that could turn into snow overnight, said David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The system is currently pounding Chicago and the midwest with 10 inches of snow — but it will morph into a mid-Atlantic mess over the next 24 hours, Stark said.
“Expect potential flooding in coastal regions, strong winds and some rains,” he said.
The wintery mix will last through Thursday morning, he said. It will likely consist more of rain than snow — unless the mercury takes a dip.
“The big unknown for us now is the temperature — if it gets colder, there could be more snow than rain. If it’s warmer, the opposite could be true,” Stark said.
Upstate New York will probably see the most snow, and the coastal regions should brace for the harshest winds.
Whatever the temperature, the storm won’t hit us as hard as it has pounded the midwest, which has been crippled by a monster snowstorm this week.
The storm started Sunday in Montana, blew through the Dakotas and Minnesota Monday and then barreled through Wisconsin and Illinois on its way to Washington, where it was expected late Tuesday night.
From there it will begin its north-eastward climb into the Atlantic and toward New York.
Airlines canceled nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago airports, prompting delays and closures at others around the region (source).