WCBS is reporting that this storm will not be measured so much in total snow fall as in blowing snow and plunging temperatures that will disrupt travel for the next 12-15 hours.
Total accumulations are going to be somewhere between 6-10 inches, but then we have 30-40 mph gusts of wind during the day tomorrow, with temperatures in the teens.
With the wind chill, temperatures will feel below zero.
Here's the National Weather Service forecast for tomorrow after 3-7 inches of snow drops overnight:
- Friday Snow likely with widespread blowing snow before 11am, then widespread blowing snow and a chance of snow between 11am and 2pm, then widespread blowing snow after 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -6. Blustery, with a northwest wind 21 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
If nothing changes from that forecast, I think schools will be closed.
Certainly de Blasio has all the cover he needs, since the media is reporting that travel tomorrow during the first half of the day is going to be very difficult even after the storm departs to the north because of the plunging temperatures and high winds.
But we'll just have to wake up in the morning and see what call Mayor de Blasio makes.
I hope it's earlier than the 6:30 AM call Bloomberg made a few years ago...