New York Daily News: By Jessica Schladebeck New York City may get hit with late-autumn snow next week as a major storm system is set to wallop western states and make its way across the country.

Fueled by moisture streaming off the Pacific Ocean, the storm approached the northern Sierra Nevada mountains late Friday, where as much as 4 feet of snow has been predicted. It will continue to push into California over the weekend before gradually making its way east, according to the National Weather Service.

New Yorkers could see an accumulation of 1-3 inches of snow for much of the city, northwestern New Jersey, western portions of Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as northern and central Pennsylvania when it makes its way into the region next week.

Winter weather-related advisories have already been issued across the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, Great Basin, and California, where snowfall totals through the weekend will likely range between 12-24 inches.

In the Sierra Nevada, which is expected to bear the brunt of the storm, officials warned of higher avalanche risks Saturday into Sunday. Forecasters are predicting “extreme impacts” — the sternest warning on the Weather Service’s winter storm severity scale — across the region this weekend.

Heavy rain is also expected along all of the west coast, especially in California, where flooding threats will extend through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Winds will also likely be an issue for the Golden State, with gusts of up to 40 mph in the valleys and 50 mph for coastal areas.

The west was being walloped with wintry weather by a “major storm system” that is forecast to rumble across the United States and bring New York City what will likely be its first snow of the season.
The west was being walloped with wintry weather by a “major storm system” that is forecast to rumble across the United States and bring New York City what will likely be its first snow of the season – Shutterstock

By the middle of next week, the storm is forecast to strengthen with blizzard conditions as it makes it way toward the Northern Plains. The following weekend, the same system could trigger a coastal low-pressure system, bringing rain and likely some snow to the Northeast.

With News Wire Services

Top Feature Photo: The atmospheric river event, fueled by a plume of moisture streaming off the Pacific Ocean, approached northern Sierra Nevada late Friday, where as much as 4 feet of snow has been predicted – Shutterstock