Meteorologists are tracking a potentially significant nor'easter that could hit the area from Thursday night into Friday, and authorities expect frigid temperatures through the rest of the week, possibly capping off with a three-year low in Central Park by the weekend.
Some areas saw scattered flurries and isolated snow showers Tuesday afternoon. A more powerful storm is expected to move into the area later in the week.
A winter storm watch is in effect for Thursday evening into Friday morning, with forecasters predicting 4 to 8 inches of powdery snow. Most of the snow will fall after midnight Thursday, and strong winds of up to 40 miles per hour will whip the snow around, creating whiteout conditions.
The snow will wind down mid-morning Friday and it will be partly sunny, but temperatures will stay trapped in the teens.
The exact timing and impact of the storm are still uncertain, but the National Weather Service says it is fairly confident in some accumulating snow across the region, with most being dumped along or past the coast.
Lows Thursday morning will be in the teens, and with winds, it could feel like 15 degrees below zero in some spots.
Friday night will be brutally cold, with temperature lows in the single digits and wind chills making it feels like below zero.