A general 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected with areas of 3 to 6 inches.
The New York City Emergency Management Department issued a travel advisory from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning, warning commuters that the heaviest period of snowfall is expected between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The city began loading sanders 24 hours before the snow was forecast to start falling.
“When you wake up tomorrow it’s going to be dry, you could have a false sense of security,” said OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “It can look like a nice day but around noon we’re going to get some snow and rush hour will be the worst.”
City officials are determined to prevent a repeat performance of the November storm, when New York City was virtually paralyzed by just six inches of snow that fell like an avalanche during rush hour.
Commuters are urged to take mass transit Wednesday.