A blizzard-like storm is churning through the tri-state, shutting transit and roadways, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands, and blanketing the region with snow that's already topped more than 1 foot -- and counting -- in some areas.
Long Island and Connecticut are bearing the brunt of it in the metro area. As much as 2 feet are expected in some Eastern areas of Long Island. The town of East Setauket already hit 19 inches as the second band of the storm settled over the region. Bridgeport and other parts of Connecticut already have seen more than 1 foot of snow.
Snow paralyzed highways across Long Island Friday, including the Long Island Expressway and Sunset Highway. No one was immune, as police cars got stuck and neighbors had to help push cars out of the snow. Gus Rosendale reports.
Police say a 74-year-old Poughkeepsie man died after being struck by a car on a snowy street. Muril M. Hancock was hit around 12:30 p.m. Friday as he walked near the shoulder of the road. The car's 18-year-old driver said she lost control because of snowy conditions.
Metro-North service has been suspended.
NJ Transit bus service north of Interstate 195 and NJ Transit’s Morris, Essex and Montclair-Boonton lines and all Midtown direct services are suspended. Check NJTransit.com for updates and details.
Brick Township and Toms River issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas still recovering from Sandy. "We're telling people, if they can, find shelter elsewhere," said Edward Moroney, a Brick Township spokesman.
Parts of the coast were expected to see minor to moderate flooding during high tide. Toms River emergency management director Paul Daley said it is "very likely" some areas in the township may flood, including land near the Barnegat Bay. Those areas have become more prone to flooding since Sandy struck in late October.
A blizzard warning was posted for northeast New Jersey.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the entire state.