MALONE — North Country residents are bracing for prolonged sub-zero cold and the back end of two storms converging on the southern East Coast Thursday and Friday.
Forecasters with accuweather.com are predicting 6 to 12 inches of snow from northeast Pennsylvania and southeast New York, including New York City, Long Island and Albany, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches an hour in some places.
Blowing and drifting conditions are expected as the powdery snow is whipped around by strong winds with bitter cold from eastern Canada.
Forecasters say another wintry-storm mix may be coming to the Northeast on Sunday and Monday, and the very cold air will continue.
Clinton County residents can expect partial sun today with a high near 10 and a low of 12 below, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds will gust to 21 mph, making it feel like 9 below zero during the day and 33 below zero tonight.
Snow begins Thursday afternoon, with 1 to 2 inches expected, and a high temperature of 6 degrees, officials said. Wind gusts could be as high as 22 mph Thursday night with a 60-percent chance of more snow overnight.
Friday is cold, with temperatures falling to 14 below at night, but forecasters say a break comes Sunday, with highs in the upper 20s.
Malone will have a high of minus 1 today and a low minus 19 degrees tonight with a wind chill dropping from 16 below to 33 below overnight, weather officials said.
Less snow is expected Thursday, with an inch possible, and a high temperature of 6 below zero and a low of 12 below at night.
There is a 30-percent chance of snow Friday, with daytime temperatures reaching a high of 6 below zero and a low of 18 below at night, with Saturday warmer at 7 and Sunday’s high at 27 degrees.
Essex County will have a high near 12 and a wind chill about 6 below zero today due to 28 mph winds in Elizabethtown.
Temperatures will drop to 8 below tonight, but the air will feel like it is 21 below, weather officials said.
There is a 70-percent chance of snow with 1 to 3 inches possible after 11 a.m. Thursday and a high of 4. The low will be minus 6 with wind gusts to 26 mph at night.
More snow is expected Friday and a high near zero. At night, temperatures will hit 14 below followed by 14 above zero Saturday before things warm up to 17 Sunday.
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