NYC Issues Wet & Windy Travel Advisory To Spice Up Your Holiday Travel Plans

The Weather here to rain on your holiday parade.
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The Weather here to rain on your holiday parade. Scott Lynch / Gothamist


This holiday season, The Weather has a festive gift for you: Extreme WIND coupled with merciless rain and temps that could reach an unwelcome 61 degrees.The situation feels altogether more appropriate to spring than Christmas, but are you really surprised? Nothing means anything anymore, plus climate change is coming for us all.

Unfortunately, the meteorological sleighshow could start as soon as this afternoon, so if you have an exit option, make haste. According to the National Weather Service, we're looking at 50/50 odds of precipitation starting around 3 p.m., with temperatures threatening 50 degrees. Tonight, things look poised to get worse: "Rain," reads the forecast. "The rain could be heavy at times."

Balmy breezes will give way to fully formed gusts (16 to 21 mph after midnight, possibly reaching 34 mph somebody please send help), with a—I'm sorry, I really am—WIND ADVISORY on the books for Friday between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. What other advisories/alerts does The Weather bring? A coastal flood watch, in effect from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. tomorrow; an areal flood watch, in effect from 1:00 a.m. on Friday to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday; and a coastal flood advisory, in effect from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow.

As you will have intuited, Friday portends near certain rain, possibly also thunderstorms, plus "patchy fog" and windspeeds I don't even want to mention. (Okay I will: 41 mph suckers!!!) At least it will (may) be in the low 60s, does that buoy your spirits at all? No? And if I told you the Office of Emergency Management had issued for all five boroughs between 1 a.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday, would that do the trick? Because "heavy rain could result in the potential for flooding of urban, low lying, and poor drainage areas," which is to say everywhere, the OEM urges you: "Whether traveling for work, errands or recreation, please consider taking public transportation whenever possible."

Bold to assume that mass transit will be a functioning option, but okay. In truth, you may not have any other recourse, because Friday is also a Gridlock Alert day. Are we in hell?

Anyway, the winds should die down overnight, although the potential for T-storms will linger. By Saturday morning, the drenching precipitation may have subsided, to be replaced by what sounds like a Relentless Mist. Still, the winds will settle, the temps will drop, and by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can perhaps look forward to more reasonable coastal climes: A projected low of 32 and high of 44 with partly sunny skies on Monday, and on Tuesday, mostly sunny skies with temps ranging between 34 and 41 degrees. According to NBC 4, we may even see some flurries, which would be great because all I want for Christmas is a Full Snow Response.

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