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City braces for 'mess' of a weekend snowstorm

January 18, 2019 - 6:15 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New Yorkers are bracing for what is looking like a major storm over the weekend.

After a light dusting Friday morning made for some slick spots, the first of two storms fizzled.

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The main focus is the weekend storm that could turn into a blizzard in some spots.

"Sunday is going to be a mess," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.

A winter storm watch was issued for NYC from Saturday at noon until Sunday at 6 p.m.

Snow will arrive Saturday night with most areas expecting to see several inches. The high on Saturday will be 36 degrees; the low will be 30 degrees in the evening. 

The snow is expected to be heaviest around midnight in the city, according to AccuWeather. Travel is expected to be treacherous late Saturday night into Sunday morning before any changeover to rain along the coast, including the NYC and nearby suburbs.  

Sunday's snow will be followed by a blast of Arctic air, causing likely causing freezing across the region. 

The high on Sunday is 37 degrees; the low 5 degrees. On Monday, the high is forecast to be 14 degrees, the low 8 degrees.

Flight delays and cancellations are expected, with LaGuardia Airport tweeting Friday night, "Due to predicted #WinterStormHarper weather conditions late Sat -> Sun, some airlines have begun to cancel flights & some have issued change fee waivers."

De Blasio cautioned New Yorkers in a tweet, writing, "We're expecting snow to begin Saturday evening and turn to freezing rain overnight. Conditions could be very dangerous on Sunday, so stay inside and let @NYCSanitation do its work. Plows and spreaders will be ready to roll when an inch of snow accumulates."