Today, rain. Tomorrow, near-record warmth. Thursday, six-to-ten inches of snow. Friday, flesh-eating locusts. Maybe on some level there's something comforting about this week's wild weather forecast synchronizing with our collective sensation of being handcuffed to a burning rollercoaster at gunpoint while an army of cartoon termites ferociously devours the tracks ahead of us. New York is a city of extremes, so we're prepared! Maybe Casey Neistat snowboarding extremely down Park Avenue in swim trunks is just we need right now ha ha we can still have fun. From the National Weather Service, which still has a bit of that ALL-CAPS MAGIC:
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON
- Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches...locally higher.
- Locations...Long Island...New York City...Northeast New Jersey...the Lower Hudson Valley of New York...and Southern Connecticut.
- Hazard types...Heavy snow.
- Timing...Late Wednesday night through Thursday.
- Impacts...Hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor visibilities. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.
- Temperatures...In the 30s.
The forecast does not bode well for travelers on the roads Wednesday night through Thursday, and the snow could continue through mid-afternoon. From Accuweather:
Major cities at greatest risk for a period of accumulating snow include Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. The storm could affect heavily-traveled stretches of Interstate 68, I-70, I-76, I-78, I-80, I-81, I-83, I-84 and I-95. As the cold air moves in, the storm will trek from the southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic coast.
"It looks like the cold air will come in fast enough and the storm will strengthen enough to produce a swath of heavy, wet and accumulating snow from the mountains of northern Virginia and West Virginia to central and southeastern New England," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll.
But first, on Wednesday, highs could reach to mid-60s in February, like some kind of Chinese hoax. As NY1 reports, the record high temperature for Central Park on February 8th is 61 degrees.
Record to near record warmth for Wednesday, followed by snow now looking likely for the Thursday morning commute. A changeable week ahead!
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 6, 2017