Snow Wallops Tri-State, Bitter Cold to Stick Around All Weekend

More than 7.5 inches of snow fell at JFK airport, where flights were more than an hour late to depart

What to Know

  • A winter storm watch has been issued for Ocean County and Suffolk County ahead of Saturday's storm
  • The track of the system is changeable, though, and meteorologists caution that any shift could alter potential snowfall amounts
  • Meanwhile, the weather will be bitterly cold, with highs of just 27 and 25 degrees, respectively, forecast for Saturday and Sunday

As the tri-state digs out from several inches of snow -- as much as 10 on Long Island -- the temperatures are expected to stay bitterly cold Sunday with even more biting wind chills. 

Temperatures may not rise above freezing again until Tuesday, Storm Team 4 says. Wind chills are expected to stay at zero or below in the Catskills Sunday, 5 to 10 degrees in the suburbs to the north and west, and 10 degrees in the city, Storm Team 4 says.

Brief snow showers are possible Sunday afternoon and evening that could dust the ground, according to Storm Team 4. 

But the heavy snow fell Saturday and Long Island got the most of it, with 10 inches reported in Riverhead and 9 inches in Plainview, according to the National Weather Service. Many other parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties reported 8 and 9 inches. 

JFK airport reported the most snow in New York City with 7.5 inches, the NWS said. Flights there were about an average of 1 hour, 19 minutes late departing and about a half an hour late arriving, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Flights at Newark were departing an average of an hour and a half late.

Rego Park, Queens, was also buried under 7.5 inches, the NWS said. Central Park reported  5 inches. 

In New Jersey, 5.5 inches of snow fell at Newark Airport, the NWS said. The Jersey Shore got the most snow in the state, with 8.5 inches in Barnegat. In Connecticut, 7 inches fell in Old Saybrook. 

21-car crash near Middleton, Connecticut, shut down Interstate 91 in both directions for hours, state police said. No serious injuries were reported.

Dozens car crashes and spinouts were also reported across New Jersey, where nearly 7 inches of snow fell in parts of Atlantic and Cape May counties. 

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Ocean County in New Jersey and eastern Suffolk County in New York are under a winter storm warning, while a winter weather advisory has been expanded to include all five boroughs, counties north and west of the city, including Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, and Westchester.

The snow should end between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday in the city and near midnight in eastern Long Island. The wind chill and below-freezing temperatures will make it feel like it's only in the single-digit or teens during the day Saturday and Sunday, with an especially brutal overnight. 

The cold continues into Monday, and then a dramatic warmup is likely by the middle of next week where temperatures may surge into the 50s. 

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