— New York City is bracing for a major snowstorm as it gears up for its annual “Winter Carnival” on Saturday, the largest outdoor event in the nation.
More than 1 million people are expected to participate, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to head out on the city’s roads to enjoy the weekend.
There will be a wide array of outdoor activities, including street performers, concerts and food trucks.
The city has said that more than 60,000 people will need to evacuate from New York as of 1 p.m. local time Saturday, with the number expected to climb to 70,000 by the time the storm clears.
The snowstorm is expected to bring down trees, snow and ice, with winds of up to 60 mph.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is hosting a town hall for the public in Queens on Saturday morning.
De Blasio will ask the public what they want the city to do to protect themselves and others from the frigid temperatures and snowstorm.
The city’s police commissioner will also appear on the program to explain how to get to work.
A big turnout is expected from a city that has experienced record-setting winter temperatures in recent weeks, according to New York State Gov.
In January, there were 4.2 inches of snow on the ground, the highest ever recorded, according the New York Times.