Winter Storm Watch issued for NYC this weekend

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Right now it looks like 3 to 6 inches of snow is most likely, with 1 to 3 inches over the Cape and the Islands.

Forecasters said the area is only in for 2 to 5 inches of snow Saturday night, and issued a winter weather advisory instead for northeastern Suffolk County.

A snow alert has been issued for New York City starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.

Milder air returns early next week with a chance of rain Monday night into Tuesday.

New York's Central Park has only picked up 1.9 inches of snow since January 4, but still remains above its average season snowfall-to-date, tallying 19.4 inches so far this season. The low will be about 7 degrees with a 70 percent chance for snow. Officially, the NWS forecast says new snow accumulation of a half-inch to 1 inch is possible. The general trend is pretty clear: interior northern and central NJ get thumped, while the south coast gets mostly rain.

SUNDAY: Snow ends early in the morning around daybreak. The snow threat will wrap up by Sunday morning. Monday will be mostly cloudy and windy, with showers developing later in the day.

Temperatures on Sunday will moderate, rising into the mid-40s to the newfallen snow. Areas well north and west of Richmond have the potential for a coating to under an inch of snow and sleet before the switch to rain.

Weather data graphs as of 8:40am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 as reported by a weather station located near Ferndale High School. Low temperatures will be around 28 degrees, with south wind around 6 miles per hour becoming calm in the evening. "Rainfall of 2" to 4" is possible by late Wednesday. The strongest wind gusts will occur across the Waterville Plateau, along and south of I-90 across the Columbia Basin.