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Nor'Easter Timeline: Here's What to Expect from Monday's Storm

By  Aidan Gardiner and Ben Fractenberg | January 23, 2017 12:20pm 

NEW YORK CITY — The worst of a nor'easter set to pummel the city will dump as much as 3 inches of rain and lash it with 70 mile-per-hour winds through Monday night, forecasters said.

Winds crested about 40 mph Monday morning, but forecasters with the National Weather Service said things were set to get worse as the day goes on.

"Right now, we're just going to be seeing strong winds," said David Stark, spokesman for the weather service, Monday morning. But it's going to deteriorate through the night.

Temperatures will hover in the low 40s and upper 30s during the storm which should taper off by Tuesday morning, Stark said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said "it’s going to be a serous situation this evening" while speaking on WCBS 880 Monday afternoon. 

"[We] really want to people to know take this one seriously," the mayor said, adding that during the "evening rush hour expect a lot of rain a lot of wind."

Here's what to expect, hour by hour, according to forecasters:

► 2 to 3 p.m. — Rain will begin.

► Winds will be between 35 to 45 mph.

► 5 p.m. — Rain will increase. "It's going to coincide with the strongest winds," Stark said. The rain and wind will continue through the night. Gusts could be as high as 70 mph.

► 5:20 p.m. — Staten Island's South Shore could see flooding about high tide. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the entire city, with some places more likely to see rising water than others. But Stark expected "nothing significant," adding, "It's more a minor flooding in some low-lying spots."

► Though the storm will be severe, forecasters don't expect snow.


► 4 a.m. — Rain will dwindle, but could continue through to the early afternoon.

► "Things will steadily improve tomorrow," Stark said. "It'll be breezy, maybe 25 mph instead of what we're expecting this afternoon."

► Temperatures will stay in the 40s.


► Clouds will give way to some sun which will bring temperatures up to the 50s.