The tri-state got its first taste of winter Thursday as a large, swirling system dropped snow on New Jersey and sent temperatures across the region plunging below seasonal averages.
The first snow of the year fell on northwest New Jersey overnight, leaving a light, soggy coating on cars, cold surfaces and grassy areas, Storm Team 4 says. Some areas in the northernmost parts of the state saw as much as 1 to 3 inches of accumulation.
Most of the rest of the area, including New York City, instead got chilling, steady rain as temperatures plunged into the 30s.
The snow and rain didn't affect the roadways, as ground temperatures remained above freezing.
The wet weather moved out of the region early Friday, but the cold is forecast to stick around for several days, Storm Team 4 says.
Friday and Saturday's high temperatures will hit the mid 40s. Sunday will be slightly warmer, with the mercury climbing to about 50.
After a rainy day Monday with highs in the 40s, temperatures will again plummet. Highs in New York City won't climb out of the 30s Tuesday and Wednesday, and it is forecast to be even colder in other parts of the tri-state.