Snow Blankets Tri-State, More Than 1 Foot in Some Spots

By Storm Team 4
|  Saturday, Feb 9, 2013  |  Updated 5:17 AM EDT
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Janice Huff with your overnight forecast into Saturday morning, with snow totals so far and the weather ahead.

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Janice Huff with your overnight forecast into Saturday morning, with snow totals so far and the weather ahead.

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Snow Traps Cars on Roads, Shuts Down Highways

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.
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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.

New York City and the Hudson Valley are forecast to get 6 to 12 inches. Some parts of New Jersey were forecast to get 3 to 6 inches while other areas, such as Bergenfield, saw 10 inches fall already.

Winds throughout the region could reach 60 mph.

The National Weather Service canceled the blizzard warning for New York City and New Jersey, but Long Island and Connecticut remain on the alert.

The storm has already claimed one life, a Poughkeepsie man struck by a car on a snowy road, police said.

Track the storm here, and see live conditions in Times Square here and at the Top of the Rock here.

STORM TIMELINE

  • Expect the storm to wind down by Saturday morning and pulling away in the afternoon. 

NEW YORK CITY 

  • Grand Central Terminal closed at midnight after Metro-North suspended service at 10 p.m.
  • Mayor Bloomberg, who has a spotty record on clearing snow after storms, said he hoped that by midmorning Saturday, "all of the streets will have been plowed once, twice."
  • If you live in New York City, go here to track the progress of snow plows on your street.
  • Bloomberg said sanitation crews would be working longer shifts through the storm.
  • MTA has put chains on bus tires and sprayed de-icing agent on train tracks. Officials say there will be service disruptions throughout the night. Check mta.info for the latest updates. 
  • Amtrak has suspended northbound service out of New York's Penn Station.
  • The Staten Island Ferry is operating on a modified schedule.
  • Con Edison was reporting sporadic outages. See map

LONG ISLAND.

  • The Long Island Rail Road says it will suspend service if accumulations reach between 10 to 13 inches. Some service on the Montauk line has been suspended.
  • The Long Island Expressway and the Sunrise Highway have been closed in Suffolk County due to hazardous conditions. Only emergency vehicle are allowed on those roads in Suffolk.
  • National Grid, which runs the Long Island Power Authority's systems, warned customers to expect blackouts. National Grid said as many as 100,000 customers could lose power, and said it was bringing in extra line crews and support personnel to prepare.  Check the LIPA outage map

WESTCHESTER, HUDSON VALLEY and UPSTATE

  • 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.

NEW JERSEY 

  • 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.

CONNECTICUT

  • The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the entire state.
  • Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said travel was banned on limited access highways throughout the state after 4 p.m. 
  • All flights in and out of Bradley Airport near Hartford after 1:30 p.m. were canceled. Train and bus services were set to shut down later Friday.
  • Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 20,000 outages. The United Illuminating Company also reported outages.
  • CT Transit bus service stopped running at 6 p.m. Friday
  • Metro-North service has been suspended.

 

Get all the latest Storm Team 4 forecasts here.

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