Third Nor'easter In Less Than 2 Weeks Brings Heavy Snow, High Wind To Tri-State Area

March 13, 2018 - 6:10 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A wet, heavy snow is falling as a third nor'easter in less than two weeks hits the Tri-State area.

By 10 a.m., the worst of the storm was already over for the five boroughs as well as areas north and west with a little bit of light snow falling.

But a heavy, wet snow continued to pound Long Island. By the time the storm tapers off in the afternoon, parts of Long Island's East End and eastern Connecticut could see as much as a foot of snow.

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A winter storm warning is in effect for Suffolk County and for the entire state of Connecticut through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

AccuWeather says minor coastal flooding may result at high tides into Tuesday.

The latest storm is coming after the area was socked with two nor’easters in as many weeks. Last Wednesday, a nor’easter dumped as much as 25 inches in spots five days after another nor’easter knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers around the area.

The new storm could cause more problems as heavy, wet snow mixes with 40-45 mph winds.

PSEG Long Island had about 5,000 customers without power Tuesday, mostly in Suffolk County. 

Meanwhile, Con Ed said it will retain about 600 mutual aid workers who helped restore customer outages caused by the other two recent storms, which knocked out power to more customers in Westchester County than Hurricane Irene did in August 2011.

Crews said they were undertaking a massive cleanup of debris and equipment brought down by the last storms, particularly in hard-hit Westchester County. Crews were also making reinforcements to the system – noting that many of the repairs made in the last 10 days were intended to get power back to customers in the dark, but did not restore the safeguards that minimize outages during storms.

Con Ed warned that it will take weeks to get the overhead electrical delivery system back to the shape it was in before the recent storms hit.

Customers may report downed power lines and outages, and check service restoration status, at ConEd.com or (800) 75-CONED. When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Ed account numbers if available and if possible, report whether their neighbors have also lost power.

Meanwhile in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has called power companies’ response to the storm “embarrassing,” while Westchester County Executive George Latimer has called for the ouster of those in charge at Con Edison and New York State Electric & Gas.

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