12/26/2012 01:12 pm ET Updated Dec 26, 2012

New York Winter Storm 2012: Snow And Heavy Rain Could Jeopardize Post-Christmas Travel

A little too late for a white Christmas but just in time to disrupt post-holiday travel plans, Mother Nature is bringing a powerful storm towards New York City and the surrounding tri-state area Wednesday.

The storm will reportedly begin around noon and carry over to Thursday.

Parts of New York and New Jersey could see four to six inches of snow, with other areas experiencing freezing rain and sleet that could down wires and cause flooding. Wind gusts could reach up to 50 miles per hour.

From the National Weather Service:

Winds of this magnitude will likely down trees and tree limbs. Power lines and holiday decorations and cause minor property damage. Power outages are possible. Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult especially on elevated roadways and bridges.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked New Yorkers to use caution and properly prepare themselves:

Whatever the damage, here's to hoping the city is far better prepared than Christmas 2010.