NYC weather: Rain, high winds followed by mild temperatures expected, meteorologists say

The worst of this week’s weather is expected Monday night, as a nor’easter could dump up between 1 to 2 inches of rain, with a potential of upwards to 3 in some spots, on New York City and deliver 30 to 40 mph winds, the National Weather Service said.

Wind gusts could be as high as 60 mph, the weather agency said. A high wind warning was issued for Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

“Secure anything you have outside that could be blown around such as trash cans and chairs,” advised AccuWeather.com meteorologist Brian Edwards.

Temperatures will range from the high 30s to low 40s, but low-lying coastal areas could experience flooding, and power outages could occur as a result of downed trees, Edwards warned.

Rain and wind is expected to be heaviest after 9 or 10 p.m. and through the overnight hours, the NWS said. The agency issued a coastal flood advisory, effective until Monday evening, and a flood watch, in effect until Tuesday morning.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an advisory encouraging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel and to check www.511ny.org for traffic conditions if traveling is unavoidable. The website thruway.ny.gov and Twitter account @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter shows conditions on the Thruway and other New York State roadways.

“I am directing all relevant state agencies to be on alert and ready to respond to whatever Mother Nature throws our way,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The NYC Department of Buildings issued a statement reminding all builders, contractors, crane operators and property owners to secure their construction sites, buildings and equipment.

The rain is expected to continue into Tuesday, but dwindle around 3 p.m., the NWS said. There will be a high of 44 degrees and an overnight low of 36 degrees, with winds diminishing to 15 to 25 miles per hour and further decreasing as the day wears on, Edwards said.

Wednesday is likely to be the best day of the week for outdoor activities. Expect a high of 50 degrees and low of 42 degrees with sunny skies and a mild southwest breeze of a mere 5 to 10 miles per hour, Edwards said.

Enjoy it, because Thursday is likely to bring clouds and a light drizzle — despite temps of 50 degrees during the day. (They will likely dip to 36 degrees at night.)

Friday will range from 32 to 42 degrees, and Saturday and Sunday will trend chillier, in the 30s and 40s, Edwards said.

If you think we’ve been having a mild January, you are not mistaken: While NYC has received almost average rainfall this year, we’re running about 5 degrees warmer than usual, “a significant departure for the month,” Edwards said.

A nor'easter is expected to dump as much as 2 inches of rain on New York City in combination with winds up to 40 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. (Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt)

NYC Weather Forecast: 'Damaging' Winds, Heavy Rain Monday Night

NEW YORK, NY — The city will be battered with heavy rains and dangerous winds Monday night through Tuesday morning, government weather officials warned, as a powerful "nor'easter" storm churns its way along the coastline.

"Take this one seriously," NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio urged on news radio Monday. "Make sure in the evening rush hour to expect a lot of rain, a lot of wind."

"If folks are thinking of working late and have to drive home, it's probably not the best night to do that," the mayor said. "Try and get out earlier if you can. Drive carefully — don't rush. Because it's going to be tough conditions tonight."

Winds were expected to whip through city streets at around 30 to 40 miles per hour on Monday, with some gusts up to 60 mph. A "high wind warning" issued by the National Weather Service means these winds could be life-threatening.

"Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines," the weather service said. "Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult."

Coastal flood warnings and flash flood warnings have also been issued in all five boroughs through Tuesday morning.

"New York City is expecting strong, gusty winds and two to three inches of rain Monday, with possible minor to moderate coastal flooding in vulnerable areas along the coast," NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said. "We’re urging New Yorkers to use extra caution when outdoors Monday and allow for extra travel time during tomorrow’s commutes. Coastal residents in vulnerable neighborhoods should take steps to protect their property ahead of this storm."

The rain was expected to begin coming down hard near dusk Monday and intensify through the night. While it won't be cold enough outside for any snow or ice to form, temperatures around 40 degrees should still be enough to make the night extra miserable.

Here's what the hour-by-hour forecast looks like for Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to Teroes.com:

7 p.m.: 100 percent chance of rain, 20 mph winds, 38 degrees

8 p.m.: 100 percent chance of rain, 22 mph winds, 39 degrees

9 p.m.: 100 percent chance of rain, 23 mph winds, 40 degrees

10 p.m.: 100 percent chance of rain, 24 mph winds, 41 degrees

11 p.m.: 95 percent chance of rain, 27 mph winds, 41 degrees

12 a.m.: 95 percent chance of rain, 27 mph winds, 42 degrees

1 a.m.: 80 percent chance of rain, 26 mph winds, 42 degrees

2 a.m.: 95 percent chance of rain, 26 mph winds, 42 degrees

3 a.m.: 90 percent chance of rain, 27 mph winds, 42 degrees

4 a.m.: 85 percent chance of rain, 26 mph winds, 42 degrees

5 a.m.: 75 percent chance of rain, 25 mph winds, 42 degrees

6 a.m.: 55 percent chance of rain, 24 mph winds, 42 degrees

7 a.m.: 45 percent chance of rain, 22 mph winds, 42 degrees


NYC Storm Forecast: Heavy Rains, High Winds, Possible Floods Headed Our Way

NEW YORK, NY — A "major coastal storm" is expected to hit the NYC area Monday afternoon and last through Tuesday morning, bringing with it strong winds, heavy rains and coastal flooding, weather officials warned Monday morning.

"The same storm that triggered the outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms across the South over the weekend weekend will sweep up the East Coast into Tuesday," AccuWeather reported.

The National Weather Service has issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for NYC in response to the brewing nor'easter.

According to forecasters, hazards include:
  • Two to three inches of rainfall from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, which could cause urban flooding
  • "High winds" from now through Monday night, which could knock down trees and power lines
  • Coastal flooding during the Monday morning, Monday evening and Tuesday morning high tides, which could cause "widespread dune erosion and localized washovers at Atlantic ocean beaches from elevated waters"
AccuWeather added: "Crashing waves threaten to eat away at the beaches and cause erosion up and down the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts. The seas will be dangerous for small craft."

As has been the trend this January, temperatures are expected to remain unseasonably warm throughout the stormy weather — then rise even higher, into the upper 40s, once the storm passes midweek.

Here's the week's full forecast, via the National Weather Service:
  • Monday: Light rain. Temperature falling to around 38 by 3pm. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Windy, with a northeast wind 26 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Monday Night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 39. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Windy, with a northeast wind 29 to 34 mph decreasing to 21 to 26 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
  • Tuesday: Rain likely, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday Night: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 10 to 17 mph.
  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
  • Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
  • Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
  • Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 39.
  • Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.


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