24 Jan 2015 11:46 AM EST
-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: Weather map for Saturday (Image Source: The Weather Channel)
Winter Storm Iola has hit New York City full force this Saturday, brining a fun (if you want to look at it that way) mix of slush, snow and freezing rain to the five boroughs. Even before noon, the area has seen a few inches of snow pile on the streets and melt into piles of dirty sludge. Yes, the winter wonderland every New Yorker comes to dream of each January. Miss it?
The Winter Weather Advisory posted by the National Weather Service is still in effect until 6:00pm Saturday night, affecting New York City, central and western Long Island and Northeastern New Jersey. The parameters have been updated, though: with snow falling steadily Saturday morning, a wintry mix is set to rear its angry head again in the afternoon and end as a period of snow.
An additional snow accumulation, the highest being in NYC, of two inches will occur. In the early afternoon, expect some freezing rain mixed with light snow, transforming into total, heavy snow by mid-afternoon. By dinnertime, all precipitation should cease.
But be prepared while the snowfall and rain is still occurring. That means that visibility is low, and roads and sidewalks are slick. The MTA has deployed snowplows and retired subway cars fixed with deicing equipment to keep rails and bus routes clear and thawed for commuters. MTA workers are diligently spreading salt to clear platforms and stairs as well for safety measures. If driving, keep cautious and alert.
At this point, the total accumulation of snow for New York City is anywhere between 2 to 4 inches — a little less than the previously thought possible, whopping 6 inches. Stay warm and wait patiently until Saturday night.
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