The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 4 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 2) until Friday (Jan. 3) at 1 p.m. for Putnam, Orange, Rockland and northern Westchester counties.
Heavy snow, strong winds and dangerously cold wind chills are expected, with “near blizzard conditions” predicted for Thursday evening and Friday morning. One to two inches of snow is expected before the Thursday morning commute, followed by a lull. The area could see a total accumulation of six to 10 inches. Winds are expected to be 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph and temperatures as low as 7 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chills of five degrees below zero. Visibility could be limited to a quarter mile.
The weather service advises travel only take place in an emergency. If travel is required, taken a flashlight and food and water in your vehicle.