New Yorkers Get Taste Of Winter Weather They’ve Been Missing

February 20, 2019 - 7:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Snow didn’t have a huge impact on the roads Wednesday night, but it did give some a taste of the winter they’ve been missing out on this season.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, there wasn’t too much snow to shovel in Manhattan, but there was plenty for children to play in.

“It's everywhere. It's snowing pretty hard actually,” 9-year-old Felix said, adding the most he wants to do when he sees snow is “snowball my dad.”

While the winter storm Wednesday brought snow, it also began to bring sleet and freezing rain to the Tri-State area and the weather was expected to get worse into the evening.

“Once we get through the next couple of hours, I think will begin to see some sleet mixing in. The intensity of the snow will back off a bit, thankfully, but it’ll still be coming down,” Larson told WCBS 880.

A winter weather advisory will remain in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday.

Larson said people mostly needed to worry about the ride home, since sleet began to mix in with the snow right around rush hour.

He continued to predict anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet in the northern parts of New York City and 3 to 6 inches falling in New Jersey.

The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert that went into effect 9 a.m. Wednesday.

“We still look at the weather forecasts and expect that there’s still potential for a couple of inches to come in so we're not going to slow down or, you know, take anybody off the road. We're gonna run right through,” said NYC Department of Sanitation Assistant Commissioner Steven Costas.

On Tuesday, Sanitation Commissioner Joe Esposito said the city is prepared for all scenarios, but still told residents to "use mass transit as much as possible, stay off the roads as much as possible."

Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy told New Jersey residents to stay alert and stay off the roads.

“The state emergency operation center will be activated tonight to ensure that we are ready,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told reporters. “We encourage people to plan ahead and consider alternatives such as telecommuting, if possible.”

He issued a state of emergency beginning at 5 a.m. for the state.

There will be some leftover rain throughout the area on Thursday morning, but weather conditions are expected to improve towards the afternoon.