NEW YORK — A powerful winter storm that's bedeviled Thanksgiving travelers across the United States is taking aim Sunday at the northeast. New York City, however, may be spared the worst of the weather.

Snow is expected to develop this morning and then turn to rain by the afternoon. An inch or less of snow is expected to collect.

Periods of rain are likely later on tonight. The low will be in the mid 30s and it will be breezy.

For tomorrow, we're expecting to see periods of rain in the morning and then snow for the evening rush.

While we're not expecting a big snowfal Sunday, city agencies are mobilizing to handle the slick conditions.



"We have loaded all 705 of our spreaders. We may need to move into plows on Monday. We will be adding 1,500 plows on Monday should we get to plowable depths. As I'll say again it’s two inches or more as we start to plow the streets," said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.

The city is urging people to use mass transit and allow extra time to travel around the city.

Drivers should also be mindful of their speeds and take it slow.

Looking outside the city limits, the National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and predicts heavy snow and freezing cold in swaths of New England and other parts of New York. Ice accumulations are predicted in parts of Pennsylvania.

More than a foot of snow is expected in parts of upstate New York eastward to southern Maine. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cut short a trip to Puerto Rico to return home and deal with the storm.