(NYDAILYNEWS) After a sunny, spring-like day in the 60s, and weeks of winter without a significant snowstorm, New Yorkers are bracing for a nor’easter that could pile up as much as 12 inches of the white stuff.
Schools are closed Thursday across the five boroughs.
“People need to understand, regardless of what it feels like today, it’s going to be a full-blown blizzard in the morning,” Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday on WCBS radio before tweeting that kids are getting an unexpected — though not unwelcome — holiday.
The National Weather service issued a winter storm warning that was in effect from midnight Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thursday and cautioned drivers to prepare for a treacherous morning commute.
Temperatures are expected to hover in the 20s Thursday and drop into the teens during the night, with wind chills in the single digits. A high of 31 is predicted for Friday.
The forecast was enough to send shoppers to hardware and grocery stores in search of shovels, scrapers, water — and sympathy.