This time you can blame the messenger. The winter storm that is bearing down on New Yorkers, gave only 24 hours to prepare for the first flakes.
As the snow started falling this morning, it took until yesterday when computer models and meteorologists decided that this one would materialize in a big way.
On the 11 p.m. newscast Sunday night, Elise Finch on WCBS alluded to snow in her forecast. But she said that the latest model showed “some snow” primarily for Eastern Long Island and Central and Southern New Jersey, Tuesday into Wednesday.
At the same time, WABC’s Jeff Smith was leading his weather segment saying, “By Tuesday, will have some accumulating snow in parts of the area.” He added that New York City was on the storm’s fringe, and could see a dusting to an inch. Smith cautioned, “It wouldn’t take much of a jog to the north to get more snow right here in the city.”
WNBC’s Steve Villaneuva also was forecasting snow for south and east of NYC. Using the RPM model, he projected 3 inches for Barnegat, 1 1/2 inches for Asbury Park, and .7 inches in Hampton Bays. There was a 0–not a bullseye–for the snow amount expected in the five boroughs.
In a late edition of the WNYW 10 p.m. Sunday night, Audrey Puente was at the map.
She forecast 2-3 inches east of the city.
And then there’s Craig Allen. He saw the complexity of the storm. On WPIX, he ended the 10 p.m. broadcast by pointing to the potential for weather problems this week.
“There are so many maps out there that are just indicating the possibility for some snowfall. One says it could be a lot, another says it may not be a lot. This is the thing were going to go through, obviously, for the next several days.”
Allen put an “Uh Oh” under Tuesday in his five-day forecast, stating that there was definitely a chance for shovel-able snow south and east. But Allen was hedging his bets– not giving any accumulations until Monday morning– 4-8 inches in New York City.