Another bout of winter weather is expected to slam the tri-state with a snowy, icy mix Wednesday just as the region digs out from Monday’s storm.
After a dry, chilly day Tuesday, the second of three winter storms forecast to hit the region this week will move in. Starting after midnight, snow will be steady across the tri-state for several hours before transitioning to rain along the coasts by the morning commute, forecasters say.
Gov. Christie has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey and authorized the closing of state offices Wednesday for all non-essential employees. Gov. Cuomo says all state agencies are preparing and coordinating resources for the storm.
In New York City, snow should turn to to rain by 9 a.m., making for extremely sloppy conditions. Forecasters say a quarter inch of ice could accumulate in northern Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Evening Forecast for Tuesday, February 4
New York City, northern Long Island and areas to the west could see 2 to 5 inches of snow. One to 2 inches are expected on the southern coast of Long Island and along the Jersey shore.
North and west of the city, snow is expected to fall throughout the afternoon. Later, freezing rain is forecast to leave a layer of ice on top of the snow. North of Orange County, snow totals could top 10 inches. Areas upstate may have some trouble with the evening commute, but the weather threat dissipates for most parts of the region by mid-afternoon.
Forecasters caution the track of the approaching storm is fluid, and any slight shift could mean either more plain rain or more ice and snow for New York City, depending on which way the system moves.
Winter storm warnings have been issued for New York City, the northern shore of Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Fairfield County in Connecticut and central and eastern New Jersey from midnight to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The storm is expected to muck up commutes for the second time this week. Metro-North is reducing morning rush hour service by 18 percent to accommodate heavy snowfall predicted for Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. NJ Transit is running on a storm schedule on nearly all its rail lines.
MTA workers will be shoveling and salting throughout the night to ensure a smooth commute for the morning, but subway and bus service could still be affected by the winter weather. Customers should monitor mta.info or sign up for email and text updates at mymtaalerts.com.
Interstate 84 in New York will be closed to tandem trailers beginning at midnight Tuesday, Cuomo announced.
Monday's winter weather broke daily snowfall records, caused dozens of flight cancellations as football fans tried to leave the area after Super Bowl XLVIII and contributed to at least one death.
Eight inches of snow fell in Central Park and Queens Monday. Parts of New Jersey, Long Island and Staten Island had 10 inches, while Connecticut and Westchester had 9 inches.
After Wednesday's storm passes, it is expected to be frosty but dry through Saturday with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. Sunday night, another snowstorm is forecast to hit the region.