Don't let Thursday's sunny skies fool you: A winter storm is blowing in, bringing high winds, freezing rain and (possibly) snow over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.
That windy air playing havoc with your hair on Thursday–gusts are up to 50mph!–is bringing a cold front that will see temperatures drop to the mid-20s on Friday. The cold front should stick around for a few days, making for a chilly weekend. Rain is expected in the city—and it just might turn to snow, according to NBC and Dark Sky API, though we can't tell how much will accumulate just yet.
Our advice? Make hay while the sun is shining (so to speak). Bundle up your little one in a pair of the best winter boots for kids, and head to the best spots for ice skating NYC kids love. If it looks like the snow will stick, then check out our updated list of the best sledding hills in NYC. If you want to stay warm, head to one of the best children's museums in NYC, or another of the best indoor activities for NYC kids. These are just a few of the 50 best winter activities for kids that make chilly season in the city so much fun!
Strictly speaking, a post-skating/post-sledding/post-museum cup of the best hot chocolate in NYC isn't mandatory...but we think it should be.
While snow is a question mark for NYC, flurries are already turning New York State, rural Pennsylvania and New England into a winter wonderland—up to 12" of snow could accumulate over the weekend. Why not head for the hills to take advantage of the best ski conditions this month, and go to one of the best ski resorts near NYC for families? If skiing is a bridge too far, then have fun bouncing down a snowy hill at some of the best snow tubing in NY and surrounding environs.
On Monday, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with your kids at one of these events in the city. It's a day for remembrance, service and spending time with your family.