What to Know
- The third nor'easter to hit the region in 10 days swirled in overnight, punishing the region with snow and wind during the AM commute
- Heavy snow bands lingered over the eastern end of Long Island and Fairfield County in Connecticut, which saw nearly a foot by noon
- Conditions improved over the course of the day
The third nor'easter to hit the tri-state area in 10 days dumped nearly a foot of snow on parts of Long Island and Connecticut, but largely spared most of the rest of a region weary of late-winter storms.
Long Island saw the region's highest snow totals, with 11 inches of powder falling on both Dix Hills in Suffolk County and Plainview in Nassau County. Fairfield County, Connecticut, also saw significant snowfall totals; Newtown got the most with 10.8 inches.
New York City was largely spared, with most areas seeing less than one inch of snow. Queens neighborhoods Littleneck and Bayside were outliers, with 4 inches and 3.3 inches, respectively. New Jersey, likewise, saw little in the way of accumulation; Cedar Grove got 3.3 inches of snow, marking the state's highest total.
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Though the latest nor'easter stayed further offshore than the last two, the entire tri-state got clipped by the system. For most, it proved little more than a nuisance.
The nor'easter approached Monday night with light snow and a wintry mix, before it turned to more snow overnight. The heaviest snow bands came through the Tuesday morning rush, making for treacherous travel in spots.
Amtrak said Tuesday morning that it was suspending service between Boston and New York City for the entire day because of the nor'easter, which is expected to be much more severe in parts of New England. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said state offices were closed on Tuesday.
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Winds speeds were between 15 to 25 mph, but many places were saw gusts top 30 mph at times, especially along the coast, Storm Team 4 said. Highs ranged from the upper 30s to low 40s.
Conditions gradually improved early Tuesday evening as the storm moved out, but the afternoon commute was slow and slippery as plows continued to clear and salt roads, particularly in the hardest-hit areas.
A few flurries or spotty snow showers are possible Tuesday night as well. That chance for flurries will stick around through Thursday, but it should be crisp with plenty of sunshine for St. Patrick's Day and get warmer -- around 50 -- on Sunday.
The storm came as tens of thousands of people are still without power after a double whammy of nor'easters brought down power lines earlier this month.
Those destructive nor'easters of the past two weeks -- one hit on March 2 and another on March 7 -- have been blamed on multiple deaths across the tri-state, including a young boy who was hit by a falling tree and a driver who was electrocuted when he drove near a live wire.