By Nicole Bode
MANHATTAN – The city got hit with its first taste of wintry weather with blustery winds and a short burst of sleet and snow flurries Monday morning, to the amazement of locals who hit the web to share their reactions.
“Nice light combo of rain, sleet, and hail in Manhattan … hello winter,” Twitter user rachelacarr wrote as the brief storm pummeled those heading to work at about 9:40 a.m.
Some New Yorkers could barely believe their eyes as the storm, likely linked to the Nor’easter sweeping up the coast, dumped a combo of snow flurries and ice pellets onto pedestrians below.
The storm also brought gusty winds to the area causing travel delays at area airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
"Just arrived in Newark and I'm still stuck on the plane. They say the wind threw off the walkway?" tweeted user sandylal.
Both LaGuardia and Newark were experiencing delays of up to an hour and a half, according to the FAA.
The windy conditions — with the possibility for 45 or 50 mile per hour gusts — were expected to stick around for much of the day prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory in effect through 6 p.m. for Manhattan and much of the area.
Already gusts of 25 mph were recorded in Central Park on Monday morning, something that wasn't lost on those trying to brave the wintry mix.
User dorothyfriedman, tweeted, “I stand corrected, there IS snow in downtown Manhattan … and some really strong, building swaying, wind!”
The rain was forecasted to move out of the area by midday Tuesday leaving Manhattanites with a sunny week with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, meteorologists said.
But some locals couldn’t wait to see more wintry weather to come.
“Manhattan has Sleet! Omg. I am such a weather nerd! So excited for THE first winter precip in NYC this season!” Twitter user kevinclamato wrote.