A powerful snowstorm whirled through the tri-state with hurricane-strength winds, dumping more than 30 inches of snow in some areas by Saturday, crippling transit and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands.
There were seven reported deaths in storm-related accidents in New York and Connecticut.
A Poughkeepsie, N.Y. man died after he was struck by a car on a snowy road, officials said. On Long Island, police said a man in Selden died after clearing snow from his car. Five other deaths were reported by the Connecticut Office of Emergency Management.
"It came down hard and fast and we've got a mess of a situation," Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told NBC 4 New York Saturday.
Long Island and Connecticut bore the brunt of the storm in the metro area. Fairfield, Conn. got 35 inches, while Stratford saw 33. Gov. Dannel Malloy closed all roads statewide for most of the day Saturday, and when he lifted the order at 4 p.m., he asked drivers only to go out if necessary.
"I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible," he said. "The longer we can keep traffic out of town centers and off of our highways, the more effective our recovery effort will be."
The roof of a bowling alley partly collapsed in Smithtown, Long Island Saturday afternoon from heavy snowfall. Police said no one was inside when the roof caved in.
In New York City, 11 inches fell in Central Park, 15 in the Bronx, 9 in Brooklyn, 15 in Queens and 12 in Staten Island. In New Jersey, Bergen County saw 17 inches and Newark Airport had 10.
Wind gusts reached 82 mph in Westport, Conn., 75 mph at Plum Island, N.Y. and 40 mph at LaGuardia.
Police say dozens of disabled motorists were stuck for hours on the Long Island Expressway after conditions worsened quickly Friday afternoon. Authorities say vehicles backed up along a 6-mile stretch of the roadway, and mounds of snow from plows made it difficult for them to exit the highway.
A man in Selden died after clearing snow from his car as he went to run an errand for his mother, police said. He was found shortly before 5 p.m.
The Long Island Rail Road has suspended service on several branches. On Saturday afternoon LIRR announced limited two-hourly service to and from various branches.
The Long Island Expressway and the Sunrise Highway reopened after being closed most of Saturday. Suffolk County Police announced a 30-mile stretch of the Long Island Expressway would be closed in both directions from exit 57 to exit 73 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to remove snow.
LIPA reported close to 1,000 outages Saturday night, with crews on the ground working to restore power. Check the LIPA outage map
NEW YORK CITY
Mayor Bloomberg said Saturday that the city "certainly avoided the worst of it."
He said the Sanitation Department would be out throughout the day to clear streets.
JFK and LaGuardia airports began resuming flights Saturday morning.
Amtrak said some trains will start running between New York and Boston on Sunday, but other Northeast trains will still be canceled due to snow. Other service is operating out of New York Penn Station. Passengers should check Amtrak.com for updates.
The Staten Island Ferry is operating on a modified schedule.
Con Edison was reporting scattered outages. See map
Malloy said Metro-North in Connecticut might not be up and running fully by the Monday morning commute. Some train yards were buried in more than 2 feet of snow, he said.
The Connecticut Office of Emergency Management announced five storm-related deaths on Saturday.
A woman using a snowblower was hit by a car and killed in Prospect.
A 49-year-old man died while digging out his car in Shelton.
A 55-year-old man in New Milford had an apparent heart attack while plowing.
A 53-year-old man in Bridgeport was found dead under snow at his house.
A 73-year-old man died after falling on his porch in Danbury.
Malloy said the process of clearing the roads is "10 days worth of work"
CT Transit bus service stopped running at 6 p.m. Friday
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 resumed service at 11 a.m on the Hudson Line and Harlem Line from Grand Central to Southeast.
Newark Airport began resuming limited flights Saturday.
NJ Transit bus service is back, but riders can expect delays. Service was restored on the Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton rail lines. Check NJTransit.com for updates and details.