There are certain things you need to happen for a storm to be major. That will be the case Friday in the Northeast as heavy snow moves into the region.
The good news is that Tioga County will be on the edge of a major storm that will hit New England as a blizzard Friday and Friday night, according to Accuweather.com. Local meteorologists are calling for as much as 6 inches of snow although most predict this area will receive in the 1-3 inch range.
Meteorologists predict that if two storms, an Alberta Clipper from the west and a storm from the south, merge very quickly, there will be more than a foot in New York City, northern New Jersey, southwestern Connecticut, Long Island, northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. To drop that much snow, a storm would have to be blocked by an area of high pressure to the northeast, slowing the forward speed of the storm and causing it to strengthen.
Warm air will be a deciding factor, causing part of the storm to be rain or a wintry mix. Right now, experts are predicting the rain/wintry mix for the morning commute. However, as more snow starts to mix in later in the day the storm will likely change to all snow by Friday evening. Road conditions could rapidly deteriorate for the drive home.
Just as there is the possibility of the storm strengthening rapidly to bring heavy snow to New York City, there is also the chance the storms stay separate long enough so that little precipitation falls.
What's in store?
As for Saturday, a brief shot of blustery, seasonably cold conditions are in store. Temperatures will moderate Sunday. Another winter weather event may follow around Valentine’s Day, but the exact nature of the storm and precipitation is complex. Details will follow as they are learned.