Snow Storm Hammers NYC, Tri-State Area

A major storm is hitting New York City on Wednesday, with 8 to 12 inches of snow expected.  Areas north and west could see even higher totals, while coastal areas could see less.

New York City has 693 salt spreaders and 1,600 plows ready to go.

“We need to make sure we are staying ahead of the snowfall and not letting the accumulations get too far ahead of us,” Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 4 a.m. on Thursday.  The worst of the storm is expected during the afternoon hours.

School is open in New York City on Wednesday, but hundreds of others throughout the tri-state area have canceled class.  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has ordered a state of emergency.  State offices are closed and non-essential workers have been told to stay home.

“Please do not venture out onto the roads during the storm. We ask you to stay home so that road crews, whether they be state, county or local can attend to their duties,” Governor Murphy said.

As of Wednesday morning, JCP&L still had more than 25,000 people without power after Friday’s nor’easter.  Con Edison had more than 9,000 customers in the dark.

“You want your power back, it’s been four days.  First, we get it, and we are taking all of our actions to ensure that we do that as rapidly as possible and we are committed to ensure that we use all of our corporate resources right until every last customer is restored,” Con Ed Chairman John McAvoy said.

NJ Transit is operating on a modified train schedule, although buses are running normally.  Cross honoring is in effect.  Metro North and Amtrak are also running modified schedules, while no changes have been announced for the Long Island Railroad.

Nearly 1,500 flights have already been canceled at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports.

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