A “fast-hitting” nor’easter is expected to dump up to a foot of snow this weekend on the Big Apple – with even higher amounts predicted in Long Island and Connecticut, forecasters said Wednesday.
The powerful snowstorm is expected to intensify as it travels north from the Carolinas and arrives in the tri-state area early Saturday, AccuWeather meteorologist Mary Gilbert told The Post.
“When the snow really starts to get going, conditions will get worse pretty quickly,” Gilbert said.
“Our confidence is relatively high, it’s going to be an important event. The worst storm will be directed at New England and potentially New York City.”
The snowfall is expected to overturn the New York area between midnight Friday and noon. 2 Saturday with gusts up to 45 mph, Gilbert said.
While the Big Apple can get up to between 8 and 12 inches of snow, parts of eastern Long Island can see up to 18 inches before the “fast-hitting” storm leaves the region, she said.
“It’s going to be pretty potent and drive up the coast, basically,” Gilbert said.
In New Jersey, the eastern half of the state is expected to get 6 to 12 inches, while the western side will get a more manageable 3 to 6 inches. The same split is expected in Connecticut, where Hartford and areas east could see up to 18 inches, with about a foot expected west of the state capital.
The heaviest snowfall is expected in areas further north, such as Boston and large parts of New England, which will be “lumpy” with between 12 and 18 inches of snow, Gilbert said.
“Boston is within the confines of some of the worst conditions expected and into Maine,” she said. “They will also get very strong winds, so it will be very difficult to travel.”
Significant impact on travel in some areas is likely, Gilbert said. She advised people to follow updated weather forecasts and avoid traveling during heavy snowfall if at all possible.
“I personally would not want to run into this,” she told The Post.