Weather forecasters revealed a major bomb cyclone or nor’easter could hit New York City on Sunday night.
The forecasters said the large snowstorm is expected to tear through the Midwest and Southeast, then turn north at the end of the weekend.
On Wednesday, the forecasters said the snowstorm would likely have an impact on the tri-state area.
“A lot can change in the next few days, but given what we’re seeing right now, that’s our thinking — that there certainly will be enough snow at least for a long enough period of time that it will mess up travel,” Accuweather senior meteorologist Dave Dombek said.
“It will be significant enough that it will mess up the roads and travel and it could be a real mess for a time,” Dombek added.
Dombek said if everything goes to plan about a 20 percent chance that the city would see more than 6 inches of snow.
He added that a better bet would be that the boroughs would see about 3 inches, as areas north and west of the city get hit “considerably” harder.
“If we’re in the ‘mostly snow’ zone, then we’re looking at much heavier amounts. At this juncture that doesn’t look likely, but it’s still in the cards,” he said.
“There was also a chance the storm could develop into a bomb cyclone — “basically it’s a storm that intensifies very very quickly” as barometric pressure plummets,” he added.
Moreover, Dombek said the frigid temperatures could accelerate a strong snowstorm, but a more mild wintry mix was also possible, depending on the timing of the warmup.