New Yorkers will end the work week on a wintry note as the first of two storm systems make their way into the metropolitan area.
WHAT IS THE TIMETABLE FOR THE STORMS?
A dusting of snow may fall late Thursday night and Friday morning, but expect to see more rain than anything else.
Temperatures Thursday will be just above 30 degrees. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 40s Friday, with wind chills in the 30s.
A stronger system will arrive Saturday night. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the NY1 weather team was projecting 2 to 4 inches of snow, with the snow changing to rain, followed by a flash freeze Sunday night.
New Yorkers will deal with dangerous wind chills and a cold snap once the next work week begins.
After a high of 40 and a low of 15 Sunday, the high temperature Monday is slated to fall to 18, with a low of 9. The wind chills will be below -10 in the morning rush and as low as -14 degrees around 8 a.m., only warming up to about -1 by the evening rush.
The city is reminding New Yorkers to call 311 if they see a person living out on the street, as a person can suffer frostbite in 30 minutes.
Also, call 311 or log on to NYC.gov if you have heating complaints. According to the city,
landlords are required to maintain the heat inside at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or above when the temperature is 55 degrees or below outside between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., landlords are required to maintain the heat inside at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit or above, regardless of the temperature outside.
HOW IS THE CITY PREPARING FOR THE SNOW THIS TIME?
Even though the storms are not supposed to be too bad, the city sanitation department has issued a snow alert starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. That means hundreds salt and snow spreaders will make their way around the city's streets.
The city is trying to get ahead of any snow so we don't have a repeat of the storm that hit us in November. The city's unprepared response to six inches of snow brought many streets and roads to a standstill.
Officials say city schools will remain open Friday, as the worst of the two storms will be Saturday night into Sunday morning.