Snow started falling late Thursday night in parts of the city and the area is expected to see three to five inches by later in the morning with the heaviest precipiation falling from about midnight to 7 or 8 a.m.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the five boroughs, northeastern New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley from 9 p.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday. The advisory extends to 10 a.m. for Long Island.
The weather alert means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving, the National Weather Service urges.
Alternate side parking rules have been suspended for Friday. City officials are urging commuters to take mass transit as the road conditions are poor. If you use mass transit, make sure to check for information on delays or service interruptions before you head out. And, of course, check with your carrier if you have any flights scheduled to depart from one of the area airports Friday morning.
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The predicted storm marks the fifth snowfall of the season. Snow from the post-Christmas blizzard finally began to melt amid a brief warm-up to around 40-degree temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. The end of the week turns very cold, however, with highs around 28 degrees on Thursday and Friday.
After the Blizzard of 2010 dumped 20 inches of snow on New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was criticized for the slow cleanup. Up to 12 inches of snow blanketed the area again late last week, but the city was prepared and the streets were quickly plowed.
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