This weekend's hazardous weather issuance by the National Weather Service (NWS) is a reminder that winter is not yet over, despite recent warm weather that suggested otherwise.
Light snow is expected to fall tonight, continuing into Friday morning, and will eventually turn into heavy rain and windy conditions for the remainder of the afternoon.
As night falls and temperatures drop below freezing, rain will turn into sleet, causing icy and hazardous road conditions. Eventually, rain and sleet will turn into snow, which is expected to continue through Saturday morning, making for a messy weekend.
The NWS has issued a winter storm watch from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon in Southern Westchester, with 6-12 inches of snow and up to a 1/4 inch of ice expected. Winds of 20-30 mph with gusts of 50 mph may conspire with snow and ice to cause near-blizzard conditions, warns the NWS. Residents should stock up on candles and flashlights, as wayward tree limbs falling on wires could cause power outages.
In addition, there is a coastal flood watch on the western portion of Long Island Sound for Friday evening due to storm tides and higher than average waves, which could cause flooding of local roads and basements, according to the NWS.
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