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N.Y.C. Weather Updates: ‘Sloppy Rush Hour’ N.Y.C. Weather Updates: Snow Creates ‘Sloppy Rush Hour’
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With more rain and snow expected on Monday night, officials in and around New York City were cautioning that the worst effects of a winter storm could be yet to come.With more rain and snow expected on Monday night, officials in and around New York City were cautioning that the worst effects of a winter storm could be yet to come.
“It’s going to be a really sloppy rush hour this evening,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.“It’s going to be a really sloppy rush hour this evening,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.
At around 2:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said a band of heavy snow was moving over Manhattan and parts of northeast New Jersey, with snow possibly falling at between one to two inches per hour.At around 2:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said a band of heavy snow was moving over Manhattan and parts of northeast New Jersey, with snow possibly falling at between one to two inches per hour.
The Weather Service said it expected a wintry mix to continue throughout the afternoon in other parts of the region, with all the precipitation becoming snow by 8 p.m.The Weather Service said it expected a wintry mix to continue throughout the afternoon in other parts of the region, with all the precipitation becoming snow by 8 p.m.
In New York City, little snow was predicted to stick during the day, but two to four inches could accumulate at night. Outside the city, up to 10 inches of snow was expected in parts of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York, including portions of suburban Westchester and Rockland counties.In New York City, little snow was predicted to stick during the day, but two to four inches could accumulate at night. Outside the city, up to 10 inches of snow was expected in parts of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York, including portions of suburban Westchester and Rockland counties.
Temperatures were forecast to drop in the late afternoon, just in time for wet roads to begin freezing into icy slicks as many in the region head home.Temperatures were forecast to drop in the late afternoon, just in time for wet roads to begin freezing into icy slicks as many in the region head home.
Meteorologists also warned that wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour were possible, advising residents in the region to expect a number of downed tree limbs and to prepare for potential power outages.Meteorologists also warned that wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour were possible, advising residents in the region to expect a number of downed tree limbs and to prepare for potential power outages.
A winter weather advisory is in effect across the region until 7 a.m. Tuesday, as well as a winter storm warning in more inland areas.A winter weather advisory is in effect across the region until 7 a.m. Tuesday, as well as a winter storm warning in more inland areas.
Early in the day, the skies were spitting rain over the city and much of the surrounding area as bleary-eyed commuters headed to work and school after the long Thanksgiving weekend.Early in the day, the skies were spitting rain over the city and much of the surrounding area as bleary-eyed commuters headed to work and school after the long Thanksgiving weekend.
But with ample warning of the region’s first winter storm this season and extensive preparation, there was relatively little drama.But with ample warning of the region’s first winter storm this season and extensive preparation, there was relatively little drama.
In anticipation of the changing conditions, officials in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut urged drivers to stay off the streets, warning of a particularly messy evening commute.In anticipation of the changing conditions, officials in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut urged drivers to stay off the streets, warning of a particularly messy evening commute.
New York City’s Sanitation Department dispatched hundreds of salt-spreading vehicles on Sunday night and said it would be ready to plow as soon as two inches of snow hit the ground.New York City’s Sanitation Department dispatched hundreds of salt-spreading vehicles on Sunday night and said it would be ready to plow as soon as two inches of snow hit the ground.
While public schools remained open, the city canceled all after-school events that would have required bus transportation. Mr. de Blasio said parents should expect that schools would be open again on Tuesday, but that officials planned to make a final call by Monday evening.While public schools remained open, the city canceled all after-school events that would have required bus transportation. Mr. de Blasio said parents should expect that schools would be open again on Tuesday, but that officials planned to make a final call by Monday evening.
The Department of Homeless Services issued what is known as a Code Blue, and homeless outreach teams will fan out beginning at 4 p.m. to check on unsheltered people vulnerable to the weather. Workers will try to move people living on the street to shelter.The Department of Homeless Services issued what is known as a Code Blue, and homeless outreach teams will fan out beginning at 4 p.m. to check on unsheltered people vulnerable to the weather. Workers will try to move people living on the street to shelter.
Asked whether he was anxious about the storm, Mr. de Blasio said, “I would say it’s hyper focus — maybe a cousin to anxiety.”Asked whether he was anxious about the storm, Mr. de Blasio said, “I would say it’s hyper focus — maybe a cousin to anxiety.”
In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy announced that government offices would close early for nonessential employees, starting at noon, as state transportation officials warned that roads would be icy and dangerous as temperatures fell.In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy announced that government offices would close early for nonessential employees, starting at noon, as state transportation officials warned that roads would be icy and dangerous as temperatures fell.
“The snowstorm continues to intensify across our state, which will affect our roads with heavy snow and black ice,” Mr. Murphy said in a statement. “I strongly urge all travelers to use extreme caution and allow crews plenty of room to keep our roads clean and safe.”“The snowstorm continues to intensify across our state, which will affect our roads with heavy snow and black ice,” Mr. Murphy said in a statement. “I strongly urge all travelers to use extreme caution and allow crews plenty of room to keep our roads clean and safe.”
A number of suburban school districts had already canceled classes on Monday. Others decided to send students home early, seeking to keep them off the roads well before conditions worsened.A number of suburban school districts had already canceled classes on Monday. Others decided to send students home early, seeking to keep them off the roads well before conditions worsened.
Mr. Murphy also said that New Jersey Transit was prepared to adjust its bus and train schedules for an earlier evening commute if the weather intensified.Mr. Murphy also said that New Jersey Transit was prepared to adjust its bus and train schedules for an earlier evening commute if the weather intensified.
By 11 a.m., the New Jersey State Police said it had responded to 275 accidents, including a jackknifed tractor-trailer that violated a ban on commercial vehicles put on some highways in the northern part of the state.By 11 a.m., the New Jersey State Police said it had responded to 275 accidents, including a jackknifed tractor-trailer that violated a ban on commercial vehicles put on some highways in the northern part of the state.
“We’re expecting this evening’s commute to be substantially worse than what we’ve seen so far today,” said Col. Patrick Callahan, who heads the state police.“We’re expecting this evening’s commute to be substantially worse than what we’ve seen so far today,” said Col. Patrick Callahan, who heads the state police.
In New York, state troopers had already responded to more than 700 storm-related crashes on Sunday and Monday, officials said. Speed limits had been reduced on a number of state parkways and highways.In New York, state troopers had already responded to more than 700 storm-related crashes on Sunday and Monday, officials said. Speed limits had been reduced on a number of state parkways and highways.
Parts of central and eastern New York were hit particularly hard by the storm, with more than a foot of snowfall in some areas. With more snow expected, Syracuse University canceled classes on Monday, for what the school’s student newspaper said was only the fourth time in the university’s history.Parts of central and eastern New York were hit particularly hard by the storm, with more than a foot of snowfall in some areas. With more snow expected, Syracuse University canceled classes on Monday, for what the school’s student newspaper said was only the fourth time in the university’s history.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Ulster counties and deployed 300 members of New York State’s National Guard to help with snow removal and cleanup efforts.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Ulster counties and deployed 300 members of New York State’s National Guard to help with snow removal and cleanup efforts.
“Our state is no stranger to this type of extreme winter weather,” the governor said, “and these additional measures will be critical in our efforts to keep all New Yorkers safe throughout the remainder of this storm.”“Our state is no stranger to this type of extreme winter weather,” the governor said, “and these additional measures will be critical in our efforts to keep all New Yorkers safe throughout the remainder of this storm.”
He also directed nonessential state workers in the Albany area to remain home.He also directed nonessential state workers in the Albany area to remain home.
By 7 a.m. on Monday, 14.5 inches of snow had fallen at Albany International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The ongoing storm was one of the 10 biggest snowstorms that Albany had ever faced in December, the Weather Service said.By 7 a.m. on Monday, 14.5 inches of snow had fallen at Albany International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. The ongoing storm was one of the 10 biggest snowstorms that Albany had ever faced in December, the Weather Service said.
The authorities in the greater New York City area seemed particularly keen to avoid a repeat of an early winter storm in 2018 that wreaked havoc on the region and paralyzed the city during the evening commute.The authorities in the greater New York City area seemed particularly keen to avoid a repeat of an early winter storm in 2018 that wreaked havoc on the region and paralyzed the city during the evening commute.
Forecasters had predicted a dusting, but the November storm proved to be more powerful than anticipated. As snow piled up on roads that went unplowed, thousands of commuters found themselves stranded.Forecasters had predicted a dusting, but the November storm proved to be more powerful than anticipated. As snow piled up on roads that went unplowed, thousands of commuters found themselves stranded.
Heavy, wet snow and high winds also downed trees, further blocking streets, especially in New York City.Heavy, wet snow and high winds also downed trees, further blocking streets, especially in New York City.
Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Patrick McGeehan and Nikita Stewart contributed reporting.Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Patrick McGeehan and Nikita Stewart contributed reporting.