Winter Storm Toby Hits Tri-State Area

At least one death was blamed on Winter Storm Toby, following a fatal auto accident on Wantagh Parkway.

Winter Storm Toby arrived in the Tri-State area Wednesday morning, dumping snow on New York City and the surrounding area. 

The winter weather, which came to the area on the second day of spring, left most towns with around one foot of snow. 

Much of the area's above-ground mass transit was suspended at some point during the storm, including thousands of flights. Mayor de Blasio's office announced that city public schools would be open Thursday, though many opened late.

At its heaviest, the snow fell Wednesday night at an estimated 1 - 2 inches per hour. 

The precipitation started as a mix of rain and snow Tuesday evening, which turned to snow Wednesday morning and increased in intensity as the day wore on. 

Snowfall Totals

  • Bayside, Queens: 8.3 inches
  • Bronx:  3.1 inches
  • Bed Stuy, Brooklyn:  5.1 inches
  • Central Park:  5 inches
  • East Flatbush, Brooklyn:  4.5 inches
  • LaGuardia Airport:  4.2 inches
  • Middle Village:  5.8 inches 
  • Morris Park:  6.3 inches
  • Staten Island:  4.1 inhes
  • Stuyvensant Town:  7 inches
  • Queens Village:  6.5 inches
  • Manhasset, LI:  5.4 inches
  • Plainview, LI:  1.5 inches
  • Port Washington, LI:  5.5 inches
  • Ridge, LI:  3.9 inches
  • Shoreham, LI:  5 inches
  • Sound Beach, LI:  2.2 inches
  • New Rochelle, NY:  5 inches
  • White Plains, NY:  4.5 inches
  • Elmwood Park, NJ:  5.0 inches
  • Hackettstown, NJ:  6.3 inches
  • Hasbrouck Heights, NJ:  3.5 inches
  • Hoboken, NJ:  5 inches
  • Kearny, NJ:  7.1 inches
  • Newark Airport:  5.5 inches
  • Ridgewood, NJ:  4.8 inches
  • West Caldwell, NJ:  3.5 inches
  • Westwood, NJ:  5.1 inches
  • Harrison, NJ  6.0 inches
  • Bridgeport Airport:  1.7 inches
  • New Canaan, CT:  2.7 inches

Mass Transit

  • NJ Transit Bus Service Suspended
  • Bee-Line and Paratransit operations is suspended systemwide
  • NJ Transit Trains running on a severe weather schedule
  • Metro North running on a modified schedule
  • Amtrak running on a modified schedule and will again tomorrow
  • LIRR operating normally, but riders should expect delays (If snow accumulations reach over 10”, they may temporarily suspend service for snow removal.)

Airport Cancellations

  • Newark Airport:  976 (81% of total flights in and out of the airport)
  • LaGuardia Airport:  896  (ALL flights in and out cancelled tonight)
  • JFK Airport:  676

NYC Storm Info

  • Alternate Side Street Parking Rules Suspended Today and Thursday
    • Parking meters remain in effect
  • 220,000 Tons of salt on hand
  • 693 salt spreaders
  • 1,600 plows
  • Sanitation Workers are working 12-hour shifts

New York State Storm Info

  • Governor Cuomo issues tractor trailer ban for several roads
    • I-84 from PA line to CT line
    • I-684 from I-84 to Hutchinson River Parkway
    • Thruway from I-84 (exit 17/Newburgh) to Exit 1 (NYC line)
    • I-287 Exit 1-12
    • I-95 NYC line to CT line
  • Governor Cuomo has deployed 300 National Guards troops
  • State of Emergency for New York Metro area

New Jersey Storm Info

  • State of Emergency Declared
  • Murphy can call National Guard for assistance
  • Ban on Commercial Vehicles on interstates 78, 80, 280 and 287
  • NJ State Offices are closed

Power Outages

  • JCP&L: 826
  • PSE&G (NJ): 550
  • Eversource (CT): 537
  • Con Edison: 442 (Mostly in Brooklyn)
  • PSE&G (LI): 25
  • NYSEG: 1

The snow is heavy and wet, increasing the potential for power outages in an area in which hundreds of thousands of residents have lost power due to a string of severe storms.

Snow has fallen in the area in each of the past three weeks, as winter ends and spring begins.

Two weeks ago, Winter Storm Quinn left more than 300,000 residents without power as some areas got nearly two feet of snow.  

A nor'easter that hit five days before Quinn left some New York counties as much as 85 percent in the dark

The string of severe snow storms have caused extensive damage to the infrastructure of the utility companies, including broken utility poles and damage in hard-to-reach locations.  


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