NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some parts of the Tri-State area could see up to a foot of snow as a nor’easter barrels its way toward the region.
The latest winter storm to take aim at the area is expected to begin early Thursday morning and end early Friday morning, dumping 6 to 10 inches on New York City and surrounding areas, according CBS 2 meteorologist Lonnie Quinn.
Just to the north along the Interstate 95 corridor, totals are expected to be higher – topping out at 14 inches in some areas.
But the storm will go on for 24 hours, and the snow is expected to continue for eight hours straight – falling at a rate of an inch and hour during certain periods.
But there is enough punch in the storm to give some parts of the area 18 inches of snow or more, Quinn reported at 11 p.m.
One model shows 9.1 in the city, and as much as 14.4 inches in some outlying areas. But another model shows a foot of accumulation in some areas.
The snow will mix with and perhaps change to sleet in the city and along the coast, the forecast says.
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Even more of the white stuff — 8 to 10 inches — is expected in the suburbs north of I-287, with isolated areas seeing as much as 12 inches.
Quinn said blizzard-like conditions are possible, with winds exceeding 40 mph.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Wednesday night through late Thursday night in New York City, western Long Island, the southern portions of northeast New Jersey and southern Connecticut. A winter storm watch will be in effect in Ocean County, N.J., from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 1 p.m. Thursday.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported Tuesday night, the coming snowstorm was not welcome news to Tri-State Area residents who have been dealing with storm after storm this winter.
“I’m tired of it,” said Jordan Davis of East Orange, N.J. “I want some sunshine.”
At the end of his work shift at the Paramus Park Mall, Davis was stuck waiting at a bus shelter that might as well be an igloo.
He has seen fellow riders slip and fall as they try to get over icy embankments. Making it the few short steps from bus stop to bus steps can be daunting in conditions like the ones the area has had lately.
“I’ve had a couple of close calls,” Davis said. “I guess they should do a better job of cleaning this up,”
In Westwood, N.J., icicles have been growing in length, and big snow piles have been strengthening and growing.
“We do live in the Northeast. We do get snow. We got a lot of ice, so you have to be prepared,” Davis said.
And straphangers in Clifton, N.J., were slipping, sliding, jumping and falling into buses, forced to navigate an icy obstacle course of unplowed bus stops.
“What I’m thinking is when is it going to end,” said Josh Shoenfeld of Clifton, N.J.
“I feel like a broken record,” said Christina Thomas, of Clifton. “I’ve been complaining ever since it started snowing.”
With more snow on the way, it will no doubt cause more headaches.
“Whether you like it or not, we’re family,” Ken Steele, of Clifton. “Because we’re all out here freezing together.”
Public works crews in Clifton have taken snow and ice and put it in a storage facility, Brown reported. Officials said they don’t expect it all to melt until June.