New York, NY – The world is entering a period of intense weather conditions, especially with extreme weather events, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Services (NWS) issued an alert on Thursday evening for a “large and heavy” winter storm expected to be the first in at least 20 years.
The storm is forecast to arrive in New York on Friday.
According to NWS, the storm will likely cause heavy snow and icy conditions.
“We are already seeing heavy snowfall, especially in the central part of the state,” NWS meteorologist Michael DeFilippis said.
“And if that snow isn’t removed by Friday, then it could be a lot worse,” DeFamplis said.
NWS says the storm could cause flooding in parts of the central city, including Buffalo and Buffalo Trace, as well as flooding in the city of Buffalo, New York.
A massive snowstorm was forecast to hit the city this week and a similar snowstorm in December, but it didn’t arrive until December.
The New York State Division of Emergency Management (DEEM) is preparing for the winter storm with a plan to deploy up to 30,000 people.
The DEEM says up to 2 million people may need to evacuate their homes and that there will be some downed trees and power lines in the area.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to evacuate the city on Thursday, calling the situation “a disaster.”
De Blasio told reporters that he is working with his city’s mayor and his city council to evacuate “as quickly as we can.”
The city will also be using the storm as a “first step” in getting residents off the grid, DeFantonis said, noting that the city has already started evacuating people.
DeFampis said the city’s weather bureau is working on plans to send out more winter weather warnings.
The NWS has issued a winter storm watch for New York and its surrounding states, including New York’s southern and eastern suburbs.
The storm is expected to bring up to 20 inches of snow in some areas, up to 3 feet in others and up to 10 inches in some places.