Lest we forget, it’s winter. And if forecasters are correct -- don’t even get us started -- New Yorkers are in store for more snow Thursday night and much more Sunday night into Monday.
Both the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel have issued warnings for an inch Thursday night. The NWS is calling it ”a small weather event.”
But just in time for the Super Bowl Sunday night, the weather outside will become frightful.
Weather Channel forecasters say there is a 90% chance of eight to 12 inches.
The NWS is a little more gunshy, and with reason considering the blizzard misfire that put shut down the Big Apple Tuesday and left New Yorkers (except clobbered Long Islanders) looking outside their windows and wondering, “What.the Hell?”
The NWS says there is a 60% chance of six inches or more. Temperatures will hover around freezing, except on Saturday, when they won't budge past the low 20s.
On it website, it reports, “Uncertainty is the forecase track for this system is high at this time. It appears the most likely track for the low (pressure system) is to the south of the region. This would result in mostly snow for our area if this is the case. There is the potential for 6 inches or more of snow. Since this is a progressive system, maximum amounts would be moderate -- less than a foot.”
Debate still rages over whether the shutdown of the subway and driving bans were needed Monday night and early Tuesday. The city was largely back to normal transportation-wise. The MTA was pretty much on a normal schedule asnd many buses had chains on their wheels to improve traction.
The other eyebrow-raiser from all this continues to be why did New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio find out the city’s transit system was being shut down 15 minutes before Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced it.De Blasio has said he would have liked more notice.
New Yorkers upset about the forecast misfire may want to count their blessings. The storm moved several miles to the east, making all the difference. But the Boston area was clobbered and Worcester, Mass broke a record with its 33.5 inches of snow.