Polar vortex readies its icy cold grip on NYC

January 29, 2019 - 6:40 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A polar vortex is readying its grip on the New York City-area and it's forecast to be relentless.

LISTEN LIVE: The latest storm forecast from AccuWeather

Precipitation ends as snow Tuesday night, with a coating to an inch in and around the city and up to 3 inches in some New Jersey and Hudson Valley suburbs, according to AccuWeather.

Areas of black ice are expected to develop late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Temperatures will drop through the 20s during this time, causing residual moisture on untreated surfaces to freeze.

Motorists are urged to use extra caution while traveling early Wednesday morning. 

Gov. Phil Murphy ordered state government offices to close starting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday to help the afternoon and evening commutes. 

Many roads will be iced over for the Wednesday morning commute as conditions become increasingly windy and colder.

AccuWeather says snow showers continue Wednesday and that a heavier squall could quickly coat the ground early Wednesday afternoon.

Temperatures fall to the 20s Wednesday before dropping significantly to a low of 5 in Midtown and near 0 in the suburbs, AccuWeather says.

It’s downright brutal overnight Wednesday, with RealFeel temperatures at -20 degrees.

AccuWeather says the dangerous cold continues into Thursday, when it will be windy and frigid despite sunny skies. The high will be just 16 degrees but it will feel more like 10 to 20 below throughout the day.

Temps climb a bit to the low 20s on Friday. It’s brisk but not as cold, according to AccuWeather.

It warms to the 30s Saturday and then the 40s Sunday. Temps could approach 50 on Monday, AccuWeather says.