WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – For Westchester County residents bracing for the approaching snowstorm, the news keeps getting worse.
A total of 10 to 14 inches of snow is now expected to fall Thursday across all of Westchester County after the National Weather Service increased its forecast snow totals late Wednesday afternoon. The extreme northwestern portion of Westchester could get as much 14 to 18 inches. Some areas further north and west could see even more snowfall.
The large Nor'easter, which stretches from Texas to Massachusetts, should begin dropping snow overnight at about 3 a.m. Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect starting at midnight and running until Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 a.m.
The snow could be heavy at times Thursday morning and produce strong, gusty winds. It is expected to wreak havoc with morning traffic and cause closures of schools, businesses and stores across the area. Travel conditions will be treacherous with the significant snowfall.
Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s, with northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.
The heavy, wet snow combined with gusting winds could cause trees and power lines to fall and cause weak, flat roof structures to collapse.
There is a gale warning in effect as well for Long Island Sound.
Periods of snow should continue until around the early morning hours of Friday.
The melting will begin early, with the outlook for Friday, Valentine’s Day, calling for sunny skies during the day and a high in the upper 30s.