To explain to you the magnitude of this dangerous cold snap below are some of the temperatures as of 8 PM
New York City- 14 degrees
Bridgeport- 11 degrees
Middletown- 5 degrees
Sussex- 8 degrees
Mahwah- 8 degrees
Newark- 12 degrees
Mountak- 17 degrees
Here are some other readings across the country.
Barrow Alaska (Located 300 miles north of the Arctic circle)- 12 degrees
Anchorage Alaska (gets over a 100 inches of snow a year)- 33 degrees
Bismark North Dakota (once recorded a temperature of 45 below zero)- 24 degrees
Check my previous post for more information on the cold. I also have a map with the low temperatures for tonight. Also don't get freaked out by the "Siberian express". It may sound scary, but it is simply a meteorological term, that is being blown WAY out of proportion, to create hype. The Weather Channel isn't fooling me...
Start time- Saturday 1-4 PM as snow showers
Worst of the storm- Saturday 7 PM to 12 AM as moderate to locally heavy snow
Changeover to rain- Rain will begin to break out in coastal Monmouth County and southeastern Long Island at midnight Saturday. The rain/snow line will be positioned just northwest of NYC at 3 AM. By 6 AM the rain snow line will be positioned right along 287 and route 78, with areas north and west getting snow, and areas south and east getting rain. Precipitation by that time will be light.
End Time- Moderate and heavy precipitation will end between 5 AM and 10 AM Sunday. Light rain and a snow showers will persist throughout the afternoon.
Accumulations- I don't expect any significant icing with this storm. My first call snow predictions are up on the winter weather page. I will be tweaking that map tomorrow at around 3 o'clock.
There still is some time with this storm, so things will probably change. I expect the next run of the weather models to be more snowy. The reason for this is because the storm will be moving too fast for the warm air to seep in. I am already watching the next potential storm for Wednesday. It is to early to make any snow predictions, but there is an increasing potential for a significant snow storm. The storm could even be a blizzard for Long Island! Stay tuned for more details as it has the potential to be something big...