March certainly got off to a roaring start — with the first of a trio of snowfalls on Friday, followed by a bitter cold snap next week.
The worst of it will hit sometime Sunday evening and will dump “at least a few inches” of snow in the area, said Accuweather senior meteorologist Paul Walker.
“The caveat on that is, it’ll all depend on the track and the speed of the storm,” he said. “We’re still not sure on that yet.”
Still, he warned, “The Monday commute could be messy with that storm.”
New Yorkers woke up Friday to flurries and a couple of inches on the ground, thanks to the first system that started around 4:30 a.m. and “came down pretty hard for a time,” Walker said.
It was enough to cause flight delays at local airports Friday morning. Officials at LaGuardia tweeted around 8 a.m. about delays averaging an hour and 20 minutes “due to snow/ice” while JFK advised travelers to contact their airline prior to arrival.
The wintry mix will taper off but Friday will remain cloudy and gray — until a similar storm comes in late Friday into Saturday morning. That slushy system will wrap up by lunchtime. The city could get a coating to an inch, while areas north and west could see upwards of 3 inches.
“With these first couple of storms, they’re all pretty weak storms,” said Walker.
Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will peak at 42 and dip toward the freezing mark as the storm moves.
But the biting cold returns Tuesday through Thursday.
“Looks like some days temperatures will struggle to get out of the 20s for highs,” said Walker, who attributed the bone-chilling weather to gusts of cold air from central and northern Canada into the Northeast.
The average high for March 5 is 46, with a low of 32.
“It’s going to be 15 to maybe as much as 20 degrees below normal,” said Walker. “March is a very fickle month. It starts with normal highs of 45 and ends the month with 55 — with all sorts of weather happening in between.”
The snowfalls in the Northeast are among a 2,500-mile swath of winter weather that stretches from California to Maine from Friday to Monday.
The blast of cold air will first attack the central US Saturday into Sunday before it creeps into the Northeast. Some parts of the country could see record lows for March.
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