Chris Cimino's Friday Forecast for February, 24th, 2012
New York City and Long Island are under a high wind warning overnight into Saturday morning.
Damaging wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible. And the rest of the tri-state is under a wind advisory for the same period, with expected wind gusts to near 50 mph.
The highest winds will be felt after midnight through about 2 p.m. Saturday. Scattered power outages are possible, and motorists might see speed restrictions on elevated roadways and bridges. Property owners are urged to secure loose items.
After a week of mild temps, Friday marked a harsh return to winter, starting out with snowy conditions causing problems in the Mid-Hudson Valley through the morning.
Snow blanketed Dutchess, Westchester and Sullivan counties but quickly switched to a mix of snow and freezing rain, turning roads into a slushy, snowy, icy mess.
About a dozen districts in the Kingston and Poughkeepsie areas closed schools Friday or delayed openings by two hours after overnight snow caused icy road conditions.
State police say a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the southbound side of the Thruway around 4:15 a.m. in the Orange County town of Newburgh.
Police say snow may have been a factor in the crash.
New York City did not experience snow-related problems, but overnight rain made for some slippery commutes early Friday.
Area airports are reporting some weather-related delays so travelers are advised to check with their carriers on the status of their flights.
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