new york city snow A cyclist rides his bike through a winter snowstorm on December 26, 2012 in New York City.
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Eleven days before the solstice, winter is making an early appearance in New York.

The city could get up to 4 inches of snow Tuesday during a fierce storm arriving in time to make a mess of the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.

A low-pressure system from the west will bring the snow around 7 a.m., dwindling by late afternoon.


The projection would set a Dec. 10 record for the city, according to the NWS.

The city's Department of Sanitation issued a 'snow alert' beginning at 6 a.m., noting that snow plows would be deployed as needed. Garbage and recycling collection may be delayed.

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