It’s been nearly two years since NYC saw its last considerable snowfall, and while some of us may have been crossing our fingers that the coastal storm that hit the Northeast this past weekend would change that, all NYC saw in the end was some flurries that quickly dissipated in the rain.
Other parts of the U.S., however, did find themselves seemingly caught in the middle of a snow globe, and now we need to be worried about the aftermath.
Following the winter storm, a series of powerful weather systems are on track to move across the country this week, and they’re bringing with them extreme weather to much of the east coast.
Forecasters are urging residents to be on the lookout for heavy rain and flash flooding–with up to four inches being dumped on the Northeast.
The National Weather Service stated:
Widespread and potentially significant river and flash flooding are likely for the…Eastern U.S. through early Wednesday. Powerful onshore winds will lead to widespread coastal flooding along the eastern Gulf Coast and much of the East Coast…Widespread wind gusts in excess of 50 mph are likely in…much of the East Coast and New England. Prepare for power outages.
For New York City specifically, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch, in effect from today, Tuesday, January 9th at 6p.m. through tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th at 12p.m.
Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches, with higher amounts in certain areas, will be possible during this time, bringing with it potential for widespread flooding including flash flooding.
The areas expected to be the most affected include the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Northern and Southern Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), and parts of Long Island.
The Flood Watch isn’t the only advisory in place though.
High Wind Warning will also go into effect today, Tuesday, January 9th at 6p.m. and last through tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th at 6a.m. Plus, a Coastal Flood Advisory will also go into effect tomorrow, Wednesday January 10th at 5a.m. through 10a.m.
The NYC Emergency Management Department has also issued a Travel Advisory for tonight, Tuesday, January 9th, into tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 10th, as a strong storm impacts the region.
NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol stated:
As NYC prepares for a potent mix of heavy rain, potential flooding, and strong winds from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, our dedicated teams are fully mobilized…Given that multiple warnings and advisories have been issued citywide, including the potential for significant coastal flooding in southern Queens, I urge all New Yorkers to take this storm seriously, stay updated through Notify NYC, and take necessary precautions.
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