Winter Storm Grayson Could Cost NYC Almost $25 Million

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Thursday's winter storm and the resulting cleanup will cost New York City between $16.6 million and $24.9 million.

New York City storm cleanup costs: $2.1 million per inch of accumulated snow, officials say.

Snow was tapering off across the region Thursday evening but increasing winds and icy roads were authorities' biggest concern tonight as brutally cold temperatures move in.

"The wind compounds the problem," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a new conference early Thursday. "Because snow is one thing, but snow with 60 mph-plus gusts of wind is a very potent situation to deal with. It's almost impossible to clear roads when you have high wind gusts."

City and state officials urged motorists to stay home Thursday or risk an accident or getting stranded on the roadside, thereby putting emergency responders in peril.

The Sanitation Department said it could be Monday before some roads are completely cleared because of the low temperatures in the forecast this weekend.

Wind chill advisories were in effect through Saturday night.

Strong winds were expected to continue throughout the night, leading to concern for power outages.  

Residents were asked to prepare by charging cellphones, gathering supplies, and turning refrigerators/freezers to their coldest setting.

LIRR service was suspended on the Port Washington and West Hempstead Branches.


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