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Up to a Foot of Snow and Near-Zero Temps Expected Friday

By William Mathis | January 19, 2016 11:27am
 New York City is expected to get hit with up to a foot of snow this weekend.
New York City is expected to get hit with up to a foot of snow this weekend.
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NEW YORK CITY — The city is headed for a wintry mess this weekend.

Up to a foot of snow could blanket city streets this weekend as a major snowstorm is expected to hit Friday night into Saturday — as temperatures begin dipping dangerously low as of Tuesday, meteorologists warn.

Windchills will have it feeling below zero, they said.

The National Weather Service put all five boroughs on alert for hazardous weather starting Tuesday until the end of the weekend.

While the alert is not officially a forecast, the Weather Channel predicts Friday night's storm could bring between 5 and 8 inches of snow over the weekend, while AccuWeather predicts up to 12 inches. The storm may include heavy snow, strong winds and significant coastal flooding, experts said.

The city has not yet released any specific plans to prepare for the storm, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "So far we know about this storm, it's not the kind of level that would knock out train service." No additional changes to the MTA weekend schedule were planned because of the storm.

Last week, the Department of Sanitation of New York announced it was preparing for a possible weekend snowstorm. That storm ended up producing just a light layer.

But even without storms, the cold weather is already having an effect. Monday night, 103 people were brought in from the cold under the City's 'Code Blue' policy that expands outreach to bring homeless inside when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. 173 people sought shelter and medical care at the city's hospitals.

To get updates about the storm and the city's preparations, visit the NYC Severe Weather website.