Weather Woes: Snow Squall, Falling Ice Cause Problems Across Tri-State

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December 18, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Snow Squall

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A fast-moving snow squall barreled through the Tri-State area Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy blowing snow after falling ice forced street closures in Manhattan earlier in the day.

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The squall moved through as quickly as it arrived and most warnings in the Tri-State were over by 5:30 p.m.

The fast-moving snow storm brought whiteout conditions with zero visibility and wind gusts of up to 40 mph.

Unprepared motorists got stuck in hazardous driving conditions and after the storm passed, the National Weather Service said .4 inches of snow accumulated in Central Park.

The squall moved in on the same day that falling icicles on the George Washington Bridge forced the closure of the inbound upper lanes. Meanwhile, ice falling off some skyscrapers led to closures between 57th and 60th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Midtown.

The street closures were in response to the death of a woman, who was killed Tuesday when a piece of façade fell from a building in Times Square and struck her. There have yet to be any injuries from falling ice reported.

Port Authority said nearly all inbound upper lanes, apart from the far-most right lane, were open to traffic as of 5:30 p.m.

Drivers were told to expect significant delays in and out of New York City from the combination of falling ice and snowy conditions.

The city's Department of Emergency Management continues to encourage drivers and pedestrians to consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time.

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