A winter storm that had been expected to make a direct hit on the tri-state passed farther to the south and only dropped half an inch of snow on New York City Monday, but the relentless cold continues to be a threat for much of the area.
Between 2 and 4 inches of snow fell in parts of central New Jersey, and southern New Jersey got the brunt of the storm, with up to 6 inches being reported in parts. Initial forecasts predicted heavier precipitation for the New York City area, but cold air bearing down from the north prevented substantial snowfall from moving in.
Brutally cold temperatures stuck around after the storm passed at midday, with Monday's highs struggling to climb out of the 20s. Single-digit lows are possible overnight into Tuesday and may break records, forecasters say.
Alternate-side parking was suspended Monday in New York City for snow removal, the Department of Transportation announced.
The city's public schools were open Monday.
NJ Transit offered full systemwide cross-honoring Monday.
This winter has been the seventh snowiest on record in New York City, with 57.1 inches of accumulation in Central Park so far. The city's all-winter record for snowfall is 75 inches, set during the 1995-96 season.