Sloppy, Slushy Last Day of Winter

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    Chris Cimino's forecast for Tuesday, March 19. (Published Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013)

    Tri-staters are spending the last day of winter battling the remnants of a storm that battered the region with a sloppy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain overnight, icing over sidewalks and streets and complicating travel throughout the area.

    State police covering a four-county area east of the Hudson River said they responded to more than 80 accidents and reports of disabled vehicles after the storm began around 6 p.m. Monday. 

    Steady snow fell on streets in New York City and Long Island before the system transitioned to a mix of sleet and freezing rain, turning most accumulation into puddles of icy slush that made walking on sidewalks as treacherous as driving on roads in many spots Tuesday morning. 

    The Bronx saw more than 4 inches of snow at the height of the accumulation, while Connecticut's Fairfield County saw 5 inches, Central Park recorded 3 inches and Long Island notched between 3 and 4 inches. Areas in central and northern New Jersey saw anywhere between 3 inches and 5 inches.

    Upstate New York bore the worst of the storm, recording up to 8 inches of snow in the highest elevation areas. Click here for an up-to-the-minute list of school closures and delays.

    Lingering rain gives way to partly cloudy skies Tuesday afternoon with temperatures in the mid-to-high 40s. Any snow is expected to melt throughout the day as temperatures rise. 

    The air turns more brisk later in the week, with temperatures Wednesday and Thursday capping off in the low 40s, making for a chilly start to spring.

    Get the latest forecasts and track the storm with our interactive radar here.

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