NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — After the New Year’s confetti was cleared away, a snowstorm could dump 8 inches or more of accumulation on the Tri-State Area Thursday into Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Rockland counties; and Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union counties in New Jersey.

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The winter storm watch will be in effect from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.

CBS 2 Weather reports the snow will likely total 4 to 8 inches across the Tri-State Area. Preliminary data shows a forecast of 4 to 6 inches for the city proper and much of New Jersey, 1 to 4 inches for southern New Jersey, and 6 to 8 inches or more for the northern suburbs.

While some snowfall will be coming Thursday morning, the real storm will come Thursday evening through 9 or 10 a.m. Friday, according to CBS 2 Weather.

Two disturbances in the atmosphere will move, resulting in a low-pressure system that is expected to settle in the Atlantic Ocean south of New Jersey and bring cold air and powerful snow to the Tri-State Area.

In advance of the snowstorm, the city Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert, beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday.

The department has begun preparing its 365 salt spreaders by attaching plows, preparing tire chains, and notifying backup personnel.

The city is working with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation to set up a snow clearing protocol.

All information about the city’s response to the storm can be found on the city’s Severe Weather Website.

Officials in Bridgeport, Conn. have declared a snow emergency in advance of the storm.

Mayor Bill Finch’s office sent out an advisory Tuesday afternoon saying the snow emergency would begin at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.  The emergency means residents must move cars off designated roads, and special parking rules will be in effect.

On New Year’s Eve, conditions were mostly clear, but very cold. The temperature late Tuesday was in the mid-20s with a biting wind.

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