Major Snowstorm Could Hit New York Friday

By Ben Fractenberg on February 6, 2013 7:47pm | Updated on February 7, 2013 6:24pm

NEW YORK CITY — The city's first major snowstorm since 2011 could blow into town later this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for New York City Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, with accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, or possibly even more, in the five boroughs, according to AccuWeather.com.

[CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY'S PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF THE STORM]

The brunt of the storm is set to hit Friday evening with wind gusts of up to 60 mph, which could lead to near-blizzard conditions and dangerous driving conditions, the National Weather Service warned.

Two storms are heading for New England — an Alberta Clipper from Canada and a storm from the south — which could bring even more than a foot of snow to the city if they merge.

Warm air over the city will cause some rain or a wintry mix to fall Friday afternoon, but it will change to snow during the evening, forecasters said. That means the city will likely see less accumulation than parts of New England, which could get hit with as much as 2 feet of snow. 

The last time the city saw major snowfall was during the winter of 2011 when more than 4 1/2 feet of snow had fallen in Central Park by Jan. 27.

For more information about forecast in your neighborhood, check out DNAinfo's weather page.

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