New York City is hunkering down for yet another major snowstorm, due to slam the already weather-weary city Sunday night and through the day Monday, making the first workdays of March miserable for millions.
The new New York City storm will blast its way in from the midwest, where it is already disrupting travel plans and causing disappointment for a region that was seeing springlike temperatures into the 50s and 60s over the past few days through central and northern United States.
What AccuWeather is describing as a "long duration snow event" starting in the Rocky Mountains is working its way across the country and should hit New York City Sunday and last well into Monday evening, with all the attendant flight cancellations, school closing and other sources of aggravation that can turn daily life into a struggle for even the most seasoned New Yorkers.
The storm expected to batter New York City this time is called Winter Storm Titan.
New York City can expect up to eight inches of snow from the upcoming storm, according to the National Weather Service, but the snow itself will be wet and heavy, making shoveling an extra strain and clearing roads a mess.
The 2013-14 winter is already the seventh snowiest on recordew York in N City, with 56.6 inches. A snowfall of at least seven inches would bump it up to second place, with what would then be total snowfall of 63.6 inches.
There's still a long way to go before the city beats the record of 75.6 inches, set in 1995-96.
This is the same storm system currently bringing desperately needed rain to parts of California, but while the storm may seem like a blessing in the drought-stricken west, this winter has been cursed in the midwest and east, and this snowstorm could ring in March — the month in which spring begins — with one of the toughest commutes of the already-brutal season.
"It will definitely affect the morning commute and even more so the afternoon commute," Meteorologist Gary Best said.
The New York City storm follows on the heels of a brutal cold spell that saw temperatures in the Big Apple drop to 16 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday night.
In some areas along the coast snow could fall at a rate of two inches per hour for certain spells, a density that thwarts efforts to remove the snowfall. No matter how much plowing or shoveling take place, the snow falls faster than it can be cleared from New York City streets and driveways.