Mayor Bill de Blasio said today's forecast doesn't appear as nightmarish as last week's snowstorm but he still cautioned New Yorkers to be careful.
The mayor and leaders from various city agencies said they are once again prepared to handle the mixed precipitation that's expected to drop two to seven inches of snow on the area starting last .
Although the winter storm warning wasn't strong enough to close schools or shut down roads, de Blasio said the system will create hazardous conditions for pedestrians and motorist.
"Don't go outside if you don't need to," he said at the news conference Sunday from Gracie Mansion.
De Blasio said the worst of the weather will come after the storm passes evening, since temperatures will drop to as low as -20 degrees with the wind chill. The unbearable cold will create icy conditions and the mayor encouraged New Yorkers to take mass transit if they decide to travel.
The state and the city received some criticism for closing roads and the subways last week during the storm after it only dumped less than a foot of snow. He reiterated that the city always prepares for the worst.
"We all know that weather forecasting is imperfect," he said.
Regardless of today's weather, de Blasio is expected to head to the Staten Island Zoo Monday for the annual Groundhog's Day celebration. Last year, he famously dropped Staten Island Chuck and the furry animal passed away a week later.