What to Know
- Another winter storm is bringing a messy mix of snow and rain to the tri-state area Wednesday; the PM rush could be bad
- The system starts off as snow, then changes to rain after sunset and continues that way through overnight; Thursday temps soar and it dries
- The pattern follows other storms this season of snow changing over to rain; the temps just haven't gotten cold enough to favor big snow
A winter storm that dumped up to three inches of snow in parts of the tri-state is now bringing rain for the rest of the night, Storm Team 4 says.
Snowflakes began falling along the Jersey Shore shortly after 11 a.m. and hit the city with a vengeance a half hour later. The steadiest, heaviest snow came during the evening commute, and Storm Team 4 warned of slow and potentially hazardous travel conditions.
By evening, New York City's Central Park saw just about an inch of snow. New Jersey got a bit more, with Brick measuring 3 inches of snow, and Newark just about 2 inches.
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As the storm started to move offshore, milder air began pushing northward, allowing for a transition to a brief icy mix before turning into plain rain. The rain could fall steadily enough in the city, Long Island, and central and southern New Jersey to wash away the snow that fell earlier.
North and northwest of the city, temperatures will stay below freezing Wednesday night, and a brief period of icing this evening could lead to slippery spots on untreated surfaces on Thursday morning. Precipitation will end by the Thursday morning commute, and Thursday afternoon will be breezy and mild with a return of sunshine.
Wednesday's storm caused hourslong delays at all major NYC-area airports throughout the day. With fears of November's disastrous storm still fresh in travelers' minds, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for New Jersey beginning at 5 a.m. The NYC Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert and announced alternate side parking would be suspended Thursday as they continued to clean up.
A winter weather advisory was issued for the entire region at the height of the storm. See the latest weather alerts active for your neighborhood here. Nearly 100 school districts announced early dismissals and closings Wednesday. Check the latest school closings and dismissals here.