A winter storm that had been expected to make a direct hit on the tri-state is passing farther to the south and is only expected to leave up to an inch of snow on New York City Monday.
Between a dusting and an inch is expected for most of the tri-state, with parts of central and southern New Jersey getting between 2 and 4 inches of snow, forecasters say. Initial forecasts predicted heavier precipitation for the area, but cold air bearing down from the north is preventing the more substantial snowfall from moving in.
Still, a slippery commute is possible through Monday morning, forecasters say. After rush hour, snow is expected to taper off with the skies clearing later in the afternoon.
Brutally cold temperatures will stay after the storm passes, forecasters say, with Monday's highs struggling to climb out of the 20s. Single-digit lows are possible overnight into Tuesday and could have the potential to break records.
Alternate side parking is suspended Monday in New York City for snow removal, the Department of Transportation announced.
Mayor de Blasio said Sunday that the city's public schools will be open Monday.
NJ Transit is offering full systemwide cross-honoring Monday.
This winter has been the seventh snowiest on record in New York City, with 57.1 inches of accumulation in Central Park so far. The city's all-winter record for snowfall is 75 inches, set during the 1995-96 season.