New Year's revelers beware, midnight is going to be dangerously cold and windy. A low pressure system that has formed just southeast of the city is going to strengthen and zoom toward the Canadian Maritimes today. The strengthening and zooming means we are in for a windy, windy day. The Weather Service has issued a high wind warning. Winds will pick up to 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.

That wind, along with a temperature of around 20 by midnight, means the city will be in for below zero wind chills. Wearing a scarf that can cover your face or a balaclava would be a wise move if you are going to spend much time outdoors tonight. It would be a good idea to take down any outdoor holiday decorations today. The wind will be strong enough to pick up inflatable Frosty and blow him into the Atlantic.

The snow that just started should be done by early evening. Two to three inches should fall across the city. Areas north and west of the city could see up to eight inches. With the high winds there will be lots of blowing snow. Ground blizzards with near whiteout conditions are likely in northern suburbs, Connecticut and the North Fork of Long Island. Be careful out there!

High winds will persist into the first day of the new year but it will be sunny. Tomorrow's high will only be about 25 degrees with a wind chill near zero. Another storm is expected on Friday.
Storm map from