Storm knocks out power and causes travel disruptions, white Christmas isn't happening

December 21, 2018 - 5:36 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- On the first day of winter, it's not snow that's causing problems as people hit the road for the holidays, it's big time rain and wind.

But first, here's the forecast for New York City for the next 7 days:

FRIDAY NIGHT: 57, showers through evening, will clear up a bit after 10 p.m.

SATURDAY: 49/34, cooler with clouds breaking

SUNDAY:  44/37, mostly sunny

MONDAY (XMAS EVE): 45/32, periods of clouds and sun

TUESDAY (CHRISTMAS): 40/32, abundant sunshine

WEDNESDAY: 42/29, partial sunshine 

THURSDAY: 42/39, sunny intervals

FRIDAY: 51/41, rain possible in the p.m.

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Today, wind gusts of 50 mph are expected throughout the area, along with roadway and drainage flooding, and coastal flooding around high tide.

It'll be breezy with some leftover showers on Friday night, before becoming blustery and colder with clouds and a shower possible on Saturday morning.

The Bronx River flooded its namesake parkway in spots between the Sprain and Route 119.

"Every time it rains hard, every single time," Fernando said.

The river threatens not only the parkway, but has been known to flood local streets as well -- thankfully not this time.

"We kind of luckily averted a flood, but in September, late September there was 3 ft of water here," he said.

Heavy wind and rain is expected to lash the northeast on the first day of winter.

Power was out around the area on Friday morning, with over 13,000 outages in New Jersey. There were about 1,000 Con Ed customers without power as well, most of them were in Westchester. On Long Island some 3,400 were waiting for the lights to come back on.

The outages were enough to shut some government buildings in Hoboken.

Weather is expected to cause massive delays on the roads, rails, and in the air.

Roads around airports; the Van Wyck and Belt Parkway near JFK, the LIE and Grand Central near LaGuardia, and the Lincoln Tunnel and Jersey Turnpike to Newark will be jammed. An extra hour in the city and 45 minutes to Newark is suggested if you're heading to the airport, but mass transit is probably a better option. On Sunday, the Jets will host the Packers at MetLife Stadium making the trip to Newark even tougher.