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Snow Threat Looms Amid Tri-State's Arctic Snap



    Forecast for Wednesday, Jan. 20

    Chris Cimino's forecast for Wednesday, Jan. 20. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016)

    Storm Team 4 is continuing to track a wintry storm that could pack this season's first punch of significant snowfall. 

    It's still too early to pinpoint exactly where the storm will hit, but Storm Team 4 says that a system could move up the coast Friday night and Sunday, potentially bringing significant snowfall after the first month of winter opened without much in the way of powder.

    Multiple computer models are suggesting a coastal storm that could pack a great deal of moisture with increasing confidence, Storm Team 4 says.

    The exact track of the storm is uncertain, but if the storm moves up the coast, the region could see significant snowfall, with a wintry mix and coastal flooding near the coasts. If it tracks further south or out to sea, it could mean a more glancing blow.

    Both the American and European computer forecast models -- vital meteorological tools -- show the potential for some serious snowfall along the Interstate 95 corridor, however. If the storm reaches its full potential and stays on the current track, we could see several inches of powder.

    Mayor de Blasio said the New York City is keeping an eye on the storm, but he said he doesn't think the city will need to take any drastic measures to keep people safe.

    "(This is) not the sort of storm that would shut down train service," he said.

    The news comes as a bitter cold continued its assault on the tri-state Tuesday, with temperatures stuck at or below freezing, and wind chills in the single digits.

    De Blasio has issued a code blue warning, urging New Yorkers to call 911 or 311 if they see anyone at risk, especially those living on the street.

    High temperatures should be up to the mid 30s on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and skies should be partly sunny.

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