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Manhattan Braces for Weekend Blizzard

By DNAinfo Staff on December 18, 2009 6:04pm  | Updated on December 19, 2009 8:57am

By Jim Scott and Josh Williams

DNAinfo Reporter/Producers

MANHATTAN — After enduring two straight days of frigid temperatures, Manhattan residents must now deal with a massive snowstorm this weekend.

The snowstorm could drop six to 12 inches of snow on Manhattan by Sunday morning, according to Accuweather.

The snow will begin falling Saturday afternoon and is expected to pick up steam in the evening. However, the track of the storm is still uncertain, so less snow is also a possibility.

The city's first major snowstorm comes on the heels of two bitter cold days in Manhattan.

Temperatures barely reached into the lower 30s on Friday before dropping back into the 20s late in the afternoon. Manhattanites were bundled up with hats, gloves and scarves to stay warm.

Snow will begin falling in New York on Saturday afternoon.
Snow will begin falling in New York on Saturday afternoon.
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The weekend snow storm is expected to disrupt travel and holiday shopping throughout the Northeast on the last Saturday before Christmas, which could be a nightmare for area retailers.

"When you lose a day of sales between now and Dec. 25, you don't make it up," Stifel Nicolaus analyst Richard Jaffe told the Associated Press. "If you're closed for business on Saturday, you're not going to do twice the business on Sunday."

The cold and snow may be a nightmare for some retailers, but it's music to ears of Central Park hat vendor David Day who did a brisk business on Friday.

"That means money, money, money!" Day said.