Winter Storm Bringing Snow, Sleet And Ice To Tri-State

February 12, 2019 - 1:35 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A winter storm is bringing a nasty mix of sleet, snow, ice and rain to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut today. 

New York City is under a Snow Alert. The city and inner suburbs, including on Long Island, are under a Winter Weather Advisory, and a Winter Storm Warning covers parts of New Jersey and the Hudson Valley until late tonight or tomorrow morning.

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As snow began to fall, ground stops were issued at JFK, Newark, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports. Arriving flights were subjected to delays anywhere between 1 hour and 26 minutes to 3 hours and 22 minutes.

Gov. Phil Murphy also issued a state of emergency for New Jersey, leading to far fewer drivers on the roads Tuesday. Schools were closed across Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Essex counties. State offices were closed too, though essential employees were to report to work.

The governor urged drivers to be alert even as crews worked to keep major roads like I-280 and I-78 safe for travel.

"Please use common sense and caution out on the roads," the governor said. "If you must drive (...) please do not drive in any areas that appear flooded."

Murphy was at the state's traffic management center Tuesday, where he said the morning commute was mostly uneventful but that rain could freeze on roadways as temperatures drop.

Speed restrictions are in place on major highways, and a commercial vehicle ban is in place on interstates except for the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike and the Atlantic City Expressway.

A tractor-trailer ban on interstates didn't stop one truck from causing a major accident on I-295. Murphy said the crash would "suck in resources that we need elsewhere."

State Police reported more than 100 accidents and 200 calls for roadside assistance by afternoon, and said they expected the number to rise throughout the day.

Officials in New York also told residents to be prepared, as snowfall totals can range anywhere from a few inches downstate to up to 2 feet in some areas Upstate.

Department of Sanitation Commissioner Joe Esposito said it was a "good day to use mass transit." 

"If you have to travel by your car, stay on the main roads, drive slow, give yourself some extra time," he said.

Snow Monday

The snow moved into the city during the morning commute but changed to a wintry mix by afternoon. AccuWeather says it will change to freezing rain and then rain by evening in the city and along the coasts.

A wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain is expected to continue into the evening in New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and inland Connecticut, making for an icy and potentially dangerous ride home for commuters, AccuWeather says.

About 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation is expected across the Tri-State before the changeover, with less in the city and more in the northwest suburbs, according to AccuWeather. 

Once the snow clears out late Tuesday, warmer weather moves in, with a mix of sun and clouds. Highs will be in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday, and they'll reach 50 by Friday.

Snow to Wednesday