A winter storm in New York City is featuring mostly heavy rain instead of snow Saturday night and Sunday morning as temperatures have stayed above freezing.
The National Weather Service on Saturday evening cancelled a Winter Weather Advisory for the city. Any snow is expected to quickly turn into rain, and most parts of the five boroughs will see only rain. NY1’s original forecast called for 1 to 3 inches of snow.
HEAVY RAIN AND A COLD SNAP
While the risk of snow is gone, the rain will be heavy through Sunday afternoon, with a few inches of precipitation and flash flooding possible. The rain is projected to be heaviest overnight into Sunday morning.
The wet roads will freeze Sunday afternoon as arctic air arrives and temperatures plummet. The high Sunday is projected to be around 45, but it will fall to under 10 degrees later in the day.
Wind chills Sunday night and Monday are expected to be under -10. The resulting slick roads will make it difficult to get around city streets.
The city will see high temperatures in the 40s again by mid-week when the next storm arrives.
HEATING AND SAFETY
The mayor is also urging New Yorkers, who are already having difficulty with their heat and hot water, to notify 311 Friday so the city can try and rectify the situation.
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.
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.