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What to Know

  • Showers start early but Nicole’s remnants combine with an approaching cold front to make for heavy rain and intense wind gusts Friday afternoon into Saturday
  • Some storms could turn severe Friday afternoon and early Saturday, potentially triggering flash floods in low-lying areas. Whipping winds and isolated tornadoes are also possible
  • The coldest air of the season arrives next week, with temps expected to plunge to the 40s on Monday and stay there through the 10-day NYC outlook

The weakened remnants 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 this November in the Atlantic Basin.

Weather is expected to get rough, potentially bringing up to 50 mph gusts along the coasts and up to 45 mph gusts inland along with torrential rain. A widespread 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected, though locally higher amounts up to 3 inches are possible . Tornadoes aren’t out of the question either, nor is flash flooding or wind damage.

Nicole was downgraded to a tropical depression late Thursday, but its remnants combine with an approaching front Friday that complicates matters. The combo brings showers to New York City by midday before the rain — and winds — intensify. Expect at-times torrential downpours late Friday into Saturday morning across the tri-state.

It won’t be non-stop into Saturday morning, but when the rain falls, it is likely to be heavy at times. Damaging wind gusts area-wide are possible, especially late Friday afternoon into Friday night. Spots that see those strong winds may also be more likely to see isolated severe weather. The worst weather moves out by early Saturday.

Check the latest severe weather alerts in your neighborhood here.

nicole impacts tri-state


Storm Team 4

The city activated its flash flood emergency plan ahead of the storm’s arrival, requiring various agencies to fan out across the five boroughs to inspect (and clean, if necessary) catch basins at hundreds of flood-prone locations. Some areas in New Jersey were seen clearing out similar basins Thursday in anticipation of the storm.

This work is already underway — and all New Yorkers are encouraged to take the same simple debris-clearing step to help prevent flooding. You can also call 311 if you want the city to deal with it for you.

Take a look at some of the severe weather threats facing the tri-state area Friday into Saturday.


Nicole Eyes Tri-State: What to Expect

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Storm Team 4

Here’s a look at the severe weather risk.


Wind Advisory Issued

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Storm Team 4


Expected Rainfall Totals

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Storm Team 4

Here’s a look at the projected rain totals through Saturday.


Once Nicole — and that unrelated front — pass through the tri-state area, colder air dives in and highs will struggle to reach 50 degrees from Sunday through next week. It is November, after all, so get those winter coats ready ( if they’re not already).

Here’s a look at your 10-day NYC forecast.

The storm had been expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain on parts of the Florida peninsula as it walloped the Ian-ravaged state with dangerous waves and storm surge, along with intense rain and wind, according to the National Hurricane Center. NHC downgraded Nicole to a tropical storm early Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Most sustained winds had fallen even further by Thursday night.

The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.

Track any approaching storms using our interactive radar below.

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