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No longer a watch, now a warning, February kicks off with a Winter Storm

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The National Weather Service in New York City switched its Winter Storm Watch for Manhattan to a warning. And around six inches are blowing into drifts already as dawn approaches on Monday.

By David Stone

Roosevelt Island Daily News

As the winter storm watch turned real, snow began flying Sunday evening at around 5:30. With temperatures rising from the upper 20s overnight and into the 30s, this afternoon, a heavier variety of “wet snow” is expected.

We caught a quick video as the first flakes of the winter storm swept past the field lights over Jack McManus Field. Intensity will increase as the storm merges with a Nor’easter parked in the Atlantic off New Jersey.

On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency for New York City, restricting travel to necessities only. And RIOC spilled some parking restrictions, which we deciphered so those of us who live here can actually understand them.

The weight on trees and power lines is threat enough, but gale force winds could cause blizzard conditions on Monday, starting at mid-morning.

Snow totals were upped too, with 16 to 22 inches possible. A Gale Warning and coastal flood watches are also in effect.

The advice is simple. Stock up for a day or two; then, go home and stay there. The warning extends from 7:00 p.m. on Sunday until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Click for DoorDash, or look over the take out menu

Check in on your neighbors, if they might need help.

Stay tuned.

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