What there is to know
- Showers start early but the remnants of Nicole combine with an approaching cold front to bring heavy rain and intense wind gusts from Friday afternoon through Saturday
- Some storms could turn severe Friday afternoon and early Saturday, potentially triggering flash flooding in low-lying areas. High winds and isolated tornadoes are also possible
- The coldest air of the season arrives next week, with temperatures expected to dip into the 40s on Monday and stay there for the 10-day outlook in New York.
The weakened remains of Nicole arrive in the New York area later Friday, a day after the storm made landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane, the third such system in November in the Atlantic Basin.
The weather is expected to turn rough, potentially bringing up to 50mph along the coast and up to 45mph inland with torrential rain. Widespread rain of 1 to 2 inches is expected, although locally higher amounts up to 3 inches are possible. Tornadoes aren’t out of the question either, nor are flash floods or wind damage.
Nicole was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday night, but its remnants combine with a front approaching Friday, complicating matters. The combo brings showers to New York City at noon before the rain — and winds — intensify. Expect torrential downpours late Friday through Saturday morning at times across the tri-state.
It will not be continuous until Saturday morning, but when the rain does fall, it is likely to be heavy at times. Harmful gusts of wind over the entire area are possible, especially from late Friday afternoon until Friday evening. Locations that see these strong winds may also be more likely to see isolated severe weather. The worst weather is moving into early Saturday.
Check here for the latest severe weather alerts in your area.
The city activated its flash flood contingency plan before the storm landed, causing various agencies to fan out to all five boroughs to inspect (and clean, if necessary) catch basins in hundreds of locations. prone to flooding. Parts of New Jersey were seen clearing similar pools on Thursday ahead of the storm.
This work is already underway – and all New Yorkers are encouraged to take the same simple debris-clearing measure to help prevent flooding. You can also call 311 if you want the city to take care of it for you.
Take a look at some of the extreme weather threats facing the tri-state area from Friday through Saturday.
Nicole Eyes Tri-State: What to Expect
Wind advisory issued
Expected precipitation totals
Once Nicole — and that unrelated front — crosses the tri-state area, colder air will dip and highs will struggle to reach 50 degrees Sunday into next week. It’s November, after all, so pack those winter coats (if they haven’t already).
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain on parts of the Florida peninsula as it hit the Ian-ravaged state with dangerous waves and storm surges, as well as rain and strong winds. The NHC downgraded Nicole to a tropical storm early Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Most of the sustained winds had dropped even further Thursday evening.
The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and ends on November 30.
Track any approaching storms using our interactive radar below.