The groundhog may have been wrong this year, at least for New York.
The temperature will become unusually warm with a high of 62 degrees on Thursday – approaching the record high of 67 degrees set in the winter of 1976, according to AccuWeather.
The Big Apple will experience strong winds later today – with gusts approaching 32 mph. Gale warnings were also issued for most of the east coast.
On Friday, the warm weather will continue with highs of 56 degrees, before dropping back to low 40 degrees and high 30 degrees for the weekend.
Elsewhere in the state, Mother Nature isn’t so kind.
A winter weather advisory has been put in place for a number of upstate counties, including the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. Freezing rain and ice pellets are heading east into Michigan and could impact travel in the region. Some areas, including Erie County, can expect up to 4 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.
Strong winds could create even more chaos in other parts of the country. Severe thunderstorms are expected to threaten much of the south, including large areas of Alabama and Tennessee. Tornadoes and flash floods also remain a threat to these areas, according to Weather.com.
New York Post