The city could see up to 6 inches of snow overnight on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
The heaviest snowfall is expected to start after about 8 p.m. Saturday, and will continue through 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday morning, meteorologist Brian Ciemnecki said.
“When people wake up tomorrow morning, the snow should have come to an end,” he said.
“But they’ll have to do a little bit of shoveling,” he added, because the fast-moving storm is expected to dump between 5 to 6 inches of the white stuff across the boroughs.
A winter storm warning will be in effect for Manhattan, The Bronx and northern Queens between 5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, the weather agency said. For Staten Island and southern parts of Brooklyn, the NWS has issued only a watch, not a warning, because those boroughs could see a mix of rain and snow, Ciemnecki said.
New York City’s Office of Emergency Management has issued a hazardous travel advisory for Saturday night.
“With snow expected, slippery roads may make travel difficult this weekend,” OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito said on Friday. “Give yourself some extra travel time and use caution while you’re out on Saturday night and Sunday morning.”
The Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert, which means the PlowNYC map will be activated to track the status of snowplows.
The sanitation department is pre-deploying 693 salt spreaders ahead of the storm, and 1,500 plows will be dispatched as soon as there’s more than 2 inches of snow accumulation.
Alternate side parking rules will be in effect Saturday, but they are suspended on Monday for Presidents Day.
After snow on Saturday night, the forecast for Sunday is a high of 48 degrees, with cloudy skies eventually parting for sunlight.
“So it’s going to snow and then it’s going to get warm,” Ciemnecki said. “The snow won’t stick around for very long.”