Blizzard Watch in NYC and Southern NY State

This alert expired on January 24, 2016 at 1:00:00 PM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Bronx; Kings (Brooklyn); New York (Manhattan); Northeast Suffolk; Northern Nassau; Northern Queens; Northwest Suffolk; Richmond (Staten Is.); Southeast Suffolk; Southern Nassau; Southern Queens; Southwest Suffolk

Posted January 21, 2016 at 10:55:00 PM EST

Noreaster to impact the Tri-state area this weekend.

Blizzard Watch remains in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

  • Locations: the five boroughs of New York City, coastal portions of Northeast New Jersey, and Long Island.
  • Hazard types: Heavy snow along with strong and potentially damaging winds.
  • Accumulations: snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches.
  • Winds: northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Isolated gusts to 60 mph are possible near the immediate coast.
  • Temperatures: in the upper 20s.
  • Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times.
  • Timing: Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.
  • Impacts: extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with Whiteout conditions likely. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

Recommended actions

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.

Tips from

Excerpted from

  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency
      for a complete list of recommended products.

    • Sand to improve traction.

    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

  • More:

  • What to do before winter storms and extreme cold.

Excerpted from

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

  • More:

  • What to do during winter storms and extreme cold.

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