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    Blizzard Threatens to Bite NYC

    By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
    January 2, 2014; 8:57 PM ET
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    A snowstorm will evolve into a blizzard around New York City Thursday night and threatens to shut down travel for a time at the Big Apple.

    A snowstorm will affect New York City and much of the Northeast on Thursday into Friday. As the storm strengthens Thursday night, increasing winds, powdery snow and plunging temperatures will allow a blizzard to evolve.

    Enough snow to shovel and plow is forecast to fall around the city.

    The expected total snowfall in the five boroughs is between 6 and 10 inches. Locally higher amounts are possible in the suburbs, especially out across Long Island and to the northeast over Connecticut.

    The worst conditions are likely late Thursday night, when the snow will be the heaviest, and winds and cold will cause the snow to blow and drift.

    The plunging temperatures will cause roads to become icy, covered by snow and slippery. Where accidents occur, some roads could be blocked for hours. Expect flight delays and cancellations at area airports due to deicing activities, poor visibility and increasing winds.

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    The coldest air of the season so far will empty out of Canada by Friday with temperatures likely to be no higher than the teens. RealFeel temperatures will be near zero at times.

    According to Long Range Weather Expert Jack Boston, "If New York's Central Park fails to reach 20 degrees for a high temperature on Friday, it will be the first time this has occurred since Jan. 16, 2009, when the high was only 16 degrees."

    After a cold day on Saturday, milder air will briefly visit the region Sunday into Monday morning, allowing some of the snow to melt. However, yet another blast of cold air will sweep in Monday afternoon and evening, causing temperatures to plummet and wet and slushy areas to freeze.

    Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. EST. We will be talking about the snowstorm in the Northeast and Midwest, along with the brutal cold.

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