NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 6:03 PM
Central Park could be covered in snow, as was seen in March 2014.
Break out the snow shovels — a major winter storm is expected to wallop the East Coast this weekend.
The city could see as much as 18 inches of snow if the potentially monstrous weather system scores a direct hit, meteorologists said Tuesday.
But with the storm still several days away, forecasters were cautioning that it’s too early to definitively predict its path.
“Depending on where this tracks, we could see a ton of snow or we could see nothing,” said National Weather Service Kevin Kacan.
The storm, which was moving onshore in California Tuesday evening, is expected to dip down to the south and gather strength in the next few days.
Where it heads from the Gulf of Mexico remains an open question.
If it spins out sharply to the East, the city would see next to nothing.
New Yorkers, already dealing with frigid temperatures recently, are getting ready for another sign that winter is upon us.
But if it travels north up the coastline in the path of a classic nor’easter, the Big Apple could be buried under a mountain of powder starting Friday night.
“All of the players are on the field for somebody to get walloped with a big snowstorm,” said senior Accuweather meteorologist Dave Dombek.
“The question is, is it going to be right in the heart of the New York City area or is it going to be 150 miles south of us?”
Construction worker Tony Swinter, 53, said he’s concerned the storm could put him out of work for a few days.
“I was born in the south so I don’t really need it,” added the Florida native. “It’s cold enough as it is.”