First February Snowfall

By Chris Cimino and Hasani Gittens
|  Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010  |  Updated 8:02 AM EDT
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A quick moving snow system gave the area a light dusting this morning, dumping just a few inches of snow on the tri-state, but it is quickly turning into water -- and ice, so be careful on the roads.

The Big Apple was given a light coating of the powdery stuff overnight -- about 1 inch in the boroughs -- and the flurries are tapering off as the storm moves to the east. Other areas got about 1-2 inches and coastal New Jersey regions south of the city were treated to about 3 inches of snow.

Expect dry and quiet conditions this afternoon, but late Friday and Saturday could bring more flakes again.

Temperatures were hovering just below freezing on Wednesday morning -- which was creating black ice out of melting snow on roads -- but it should get up to about 36 degrees by noon, and reach a high of 38 after.

The expected snow came as the preeminent gauge of all things winter, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow and predicted another six weeks of cold temperatures. His Staten Island counterpart, Chuck, disagrees -- forecasting an early Spring

Check the latest NBCNewYork forecast here and get all the latest school closings here.

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