NEW YORK CITY — Frosty flakes flew rapidly down on the city Saturday morning, leaving hopeful snow-loving New Yorkers hoping the forecast of up to 4 inches would indeed blanket New York over the weekend leading up to New Year's Eve.
Instead, a wintry mix pelted the city in the later afternoon, as rain took over for snow at times, and pedestrians braced themselves against the onslaught.
Downy snowflakes began flying at 11 a.m., as temperatures dropped from the upper 30s down to 33 degrees in Midtown by noon, according to Accuweather.com.
One to three inches was expected to collect throughout the day on Saturday, the agency initially said, but as the afternoon wore on no notable accumulation was expected, and flurries were predicted to taper off by early evening.
"It's beautiful. I like it. I never get sick of it," she said. "It's good for playing in, to touch."
An Elmhurst resident and cashier, Jeneth Osorio, 38, said she liked the ambiance snow created.
"I like it that it's snowing," she said. "When the snow is heavy it's nice. I like to take a walk [in the snow]."
The weather is spurred by a wave of low pressure moving up from the southeast into the Mid-Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service, which continued to predict between 2 and 4 inches of snowfall throughout the metropolitan region.
Just north of the city the pattern took on the form of Winter Strom Freyr, a nor'easter headed for Southern New England, including Boston and Providence, bringing between 7 and 9 inches of snowfall to those areas, according to the NWS.
The forecast for New Year's Eve for revelers headed to Times Square was expected to drop to the 20s, according to Accuweather, and have a bitter sting, compared to the balmy 50 degree climes of last New Year's Eve.
For the city and Northeast, Monday would be a "typical winter night," according to the site, with some clouds, but decent visibility for fireworks.