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Sloppy Late-Winter Storm To Bring Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain

A couple holds hand near Columbia University early Feb. 8, 2013 as a powerful winter storm settled in on the area. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork)

A couple holds hand near Columbia University early Feb. 8, 2013 as a powerful winter storm settled in on the area. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Up to 8 inches of snow may fall in some outlying areas as a winter storm pushes into the Tri-State Area beginning Monday afternoon.

A winter storm watch is in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning for Orange and Putman counties in New York, all of Connecticut except for coastal areas, as well as much of upstate New York and New England.

A winter weather advisory is also in effect for Sussex and Morris counties in New Jersey, as well as an area stretching from the Southern Tier to Lake Ontario in upstate New York.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Elise Finch said storm systems from the Great Plains, the Tennessee Valley and the Southeast are all converging on the Tri-State Area.

Orange and Putnam counties and parts of New Jersey could see up to 5 to 8 inches of snow, as well as about 0.1 inches of ice, as a result of the storm. Snow is expected to begin on Monday afternoon, with a transition to sleet and freezing rain overnight and finally all rain by Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The ice will make travel hazardous on Tuesday morning, the NWS warned.

New York City and Long Island are not under any watches, warnings or advisories. But snow is still expected on Monday.

New York City is expected to get a coating to 2 inches of snow, but areas just to the northwest could see 2 to 5 inches.

The city can expect a chance of rain and sleet before 3 p.m. Monday, followed by snow and sleet, according to the NWS. After 10 p.m., the precipitation is expected to turn to rain, the NWS reported.

The high for Monday in New York City is expected to top out at 38 degrees, Finch said.

The conditions this week are a vast contrast from the conditions last year. The Northeast and much of the rest of the country saw temperatures in the 80-degree range at this time last year.