What you need to know
- A powerful winter storm has issued weather alerts across the United States, causing extensive coastal flooding and fallen trees in parts of Long Island, Queens and the Jersey Shore.travel is chaotic
- More than 125,000 people in the Tri-State area were without power as of Friday morning, with Connecticut (about 90,000) having the majority of the blackout. There were about 30,000 customers in NY
- Gusts of 50 to 60 mph and rain are expected through Friday, with temperatures expected to exceed 30 degrees for several hours. Dangerous cold weather can lead to rapid freezing overnight.This weekend’s high stays in his early-to-mid-twenties, exacerbating ice risk
A huge winter storm that endangers the holiday travels of nearly 200 million Americans raged on Friday, drenching parts of New York with flooding rains, powering tens of thousands of customers, Buried under the windswept snow that paralyzed swaths of America.
Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency in the Big Apple ahead of the storm, encouraging holiday travelers to plan early or late. Areas up to 3 feet deep. Check here for high tide times.
Reports came in early Friday morning of multiple cars stranded in Long Island’s Freeport during high tide. No injuries were immediately reported there. In the city, crews were prioritizing parts of southern Queens that were hit by high tide in the morning. The rest of the flood is dealt with as the tide recedes. One Friday night is not expected to be too bad.
Meanwhile, some of the major Empire and Garden State highways were closed due to water, fallen trees, or both. As part of Hochul’s emergency order, a commercial vehicle ban is being implemented on portions of the NY Thruway. Across the river in New Jersey, all state offices are also closed by order of the governor.
Get real-time transit updates here and track live weather radar when a powerful storm hits.
Gaby Acevedo, Brian Thompson, and Tracie Strahan check in on the latest from Long Island, the Jersey Shore, and New York City as the storm rages on.
The winter siege began on Thursday, and while the rest of the country saw conditions like a blizzard, it doesn’t feel like a winter storm in the countryside. Early flood warnings have been issued for Rockland, Ulster and Dutchess counties. More flooding is expected, especially along the coast and other vulnerable areas.
A major flash flood is unlikely, but New York City could see 2-3 inches of rainfall by the time the system moves. The Emergency Management Agency is prepared for high winds, heavy rain and sub-zero temperatures, and has issued a flood warning for southern Queens, while four other boroughs are conducting flood monitoring, he said.
Track live weather radar and travel impact here when the storm hits.
High waves and storm surges can cause 1-3 feet of inundation in the lowest areas at high tide. This could result in road closures and widespread flooding in low-lying areas near water, but watch the weather as flooding can extend inland from the water’s edge. Check here for the latest weather warnings for your area.
Severe gusts of wind in excess of 50 mph in the corridors of Interstate 95, strong enough to cause damage and possible power outages given the approaching frigid weather and can be dangerous if this condition persists.
As of Friday morning, about 100,000 people were without power in Connecticut, and about 31,000 people in New York. New Jersey saw about 2,000 outages early on, but the worst winds are yet to come.
Wind advisories apply to the entire tri-state area. Sustained winds will be around 20-30 mph.
Don’t let Friday’s early temperatures fool you either. Yes, it will soar to the mid-50s in the afternoon, but strong winds can bring deadly cold, and all the rain freezes, making conditions unsafe for travel.
Rain and snow are likely again around noon as temperatures begin to plummet.
Mercury drops about 30 degrees in a matter of hours as the dangerous Arctic air rushes in. Winds will drop below freezing before dark and temperatures will hit 10 degrees on Friday night. A cold wind warning is also in effect for much of central and northwestern New Jersey and parts of the Hudson Valley.
Wet surfaces, including driveways, could quickly turn to ice by the time many people head out early on Christmas Eve or the night before. Outside temperatures can drop from -5 to -15 degrees Celsius, and exposed skin can be frostbitten in just 30 minutes.
NATIONAL RIPPLE — AND THE NEXT STEPS
No matter where you fly, weather can have a domino effect, so wear patience. United had one for the East Coast.
If you are planning to travel between now and December 25th, as long as your trip is scheduled in the originally ticketed cabin and your ticket was purchased before December 18th, you will not be able to make any changes. No fees or United Airlines fare differences will be charged. Rebooking periods are as follows: From December 22nd to December 28th.
American Airlines has also issued travel alerts, but JetBlue has said it will not travel to Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, given the heavy snowfall in the Midwest. Southwest Airlines has canceled 500 of the 4,000 flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday, saying it wants to maintain safe operations for both passengers and crew.
Travelers are advised to check with their airline as alerts may vary depending on weather and airline.
Gaby Acevedo reports on winter storms affecting vacation travel
Christmas weekend will be sunny but breezy and bitterly cold, possibly the coldest in decades. Temperatures are not expected to reach below freezing until at least next Tuesday.
The Department of Health plans to salt the roads to prevent black ice. For the first time, the city will also sprinkle salt on bike lanes. Authorities are urging travelers to stay off the road whenever possible and use public transport instead.
The maximum temperature on December 29 is forecast to exceed 40 degrees Celsius, and the maximum temperature on December 29 is forecast to exceed 40 degrees Celsius. It’s still too early to know for sure what the New Year’s Eve forecast is, but so far it looks like this: By comparison, it might be a heat wave with temperatures over 50 degrees. Contact Storm Team 4 for the latest information.