National Guard on standby as winter storm arrives in New York

A winter wonderland it is not.

A gray, wintry mix pelted New York on Sunday and Gov. Andrew Cuomo put the National Guard on standby and activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center as a winter storm that walloped the Midwest moved into the Big Apple.

And while Sunday’s expected snowfall fizzled into freezing rain, forecasters urged residents not to put their guard down — the real punch could come Monday with 1-3 inches of snow.

Heavier snowfalls are expected in upstate New York, where up to a foot of snow could fall.

“This storm has the potential to cause significant problems as many New Yorkers return from the Thanksgiving holiday,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Alternate side parking was suspended in the Big Apple Monday as the city prepared to deal with the coming storm, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter Sunday.

“We’re encouraging New Yorkers to avoid driving and take mass transit (Monday), especially in the afternoon when snow will be accumulating,” de Blasio said.

According to the National Weather Service, “sleet and freezing rain” will continue hitting the city.

“Some area roads and walkways will become icy,” the service’s New York office said on Twitter.

The storm delayed 80 flights out of the three New York-area airports and grounding seven others as of Sunday morning, according to FlightAware.

Stormy weather has already doused a wide stretch of the US with heavy snow and rain, from northern California through parts of the Midwest and Plains states.

The city of Lead, South Dakota was hit with 30 inches of snow, Duluth, Minnesota was hit with a “historic” 16-20 inches of snow over the weekend, while the storm shut down a 300-mile stretch of highway between Wyoming and Minnesota, according to AccuWeather.

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