De Blasio urges New Yorkers to take winter storm ‘seriously’
Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers on Monday to take the incoming winter storm “seriously” as forecasts show that the Big Apple could be pelted with around 3 inches of snow.
“It’s going to be a sloppy one later on,” de Blasio said on WCBS Newsradio 880. “People should really get ready for a nasty commute on the way home.”
Forecasts show that shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, rain showers in the city will switch over to snow “and that will continue into the nighttime hours,” AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines told The Post Monday.
Kines noted that “when we get that changeover, that’s when the weather goes downhill.”
The city could get hit with between 1 and 3 inches of snow, said Kines, but de Blasio cautioned that the Big Apple could see between 3 and 5 inches of snow, making for a treacherous evening commute.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 30s as the day moves on and the nor’easter brings with it a mix of wet, then dryer, snow, according to Kines.
“We will see a rain to maybe sleet first, then snow,” Kines added.
De Blasio, speaking Monday on NY1, urged New Yorkers to leave their cars at home and “use mass transit if you can.”
“Recognize that we’re going to see snow later on that’s going to make the evening commute really tough,” the mayor said. “Obviously that could affect tomorrow [Tuesday] as well.”
De Blasio noted that the city has 700 salt spreaders and 1,500 plows at the ready and that it is “not taking this” storm “lightly.”
Hizzoner said in years past, snowstorms became “much bigger” than first predicted, so the city has “learned to be cautious to get our equipment ready, get in ready position with our personnel.”
“You can always take it down, but if things start to pick up, you can’t get to the dance too late, you know,” de Blasio said.
Speaking on WCBS Newsradio 880, the mayor said: “We’re going to be ready for something bigger than projected. That’s one of the great lessons we’ve learned from the past you just never know what Mother Nature really decides to do.”
Kines noted areas north of the Big Apple, including the Catskills region, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Kingston, “are going to feel the brunt of this storm,” with between 6 inches and up to a foot of snow expected there.
“It’s going to be snowing in and around the city and those who have to venture a distance – especially north – it’s probably going to be worse there,” Kines said.
The storm is forecast to be over by early Tuesday morning, according to Kines.