A noreaster is expected to bring high winds, heavy rain and possibly snow to the five boroughs Friday through the weekend.
Gov. Cuomo activated snow emergency plan for Long Island and upstate counties in preparation for the storm.
Winds could hit up to 50 miles per hour as the rain moves into the region Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The winter tempest comes on the heels of a week of mild weather.
The NWS urged travelers to be on the alert for down trees and power lines from snow and heavy winds.
The storm is expected to hit Massachusetts much harder.
The Bay State governor activated 200 National Guard soldiers to help.
Boaters are cautioned to exercise vigilance and extreme caution, the US Coast Guard said.
Coastal flooding is expected and authorities recommend residents in those areas to be prepared to evacuate.